In my textile work I carried on with my history/story work. Things have been quite busy so I have not been able to dive into it, but chipped away. One of the strands comes from a photo album I recently aquired. I have no idea who the people are, but they look like a close knit family and most of the photos were taken in Brighton, with dates added. The image below is from the mid 1920s, and taken on Brighton Beach. The parasol crops up in a few of the pics and I love this one. Staged, but a world (and nearly a century) away from the Instagram style shots that we all do today.Read More
The month of June is always about the solstice, and this year was an apt one to get out and feel the sun come up and shine enegry and positivity into my soul - and in more humble terms it is always good to mark the mid-point of the year. We went up to Devil’s Dyke at 4.30am, ready to see the first rays of the sun come up. It always surprises me how light it is (reminds me sunrise is not the time when it starts to get light) and how cold it is. Makes you feel closer to nature as you can feel the power of the sun warming up the earth.Read More
At the end of October we went on a day trip to Hastings. The idea was mine as I wanted to nip into a fantastic vintage fabric shop I visited last year, but with a day off school and work three of us ended up going for an old-fashioned family day-out by the seaside. I love the vintage seaside. When I wa sat sixth form college I worked in a rock shop on Brighton seafront for a couple of summers and I do love it all; fish and chips on the beach, a 99 ice cream, some 2p machines and some buildings with bit of Victorian/Edwardian faded glamour. If you can chuck in a pier as well I am most happy.Read More
July always catches my breath. The end of the school term means another year has passed, and my children are getting older faster than I can cope with. It has not been one of those 'carrying sunglasses just in case the emotions get too much' situations this year, one is moving onto another year at secondary school and the other into the second year at college, but still, it startles me a bit.
As you will tell from my two previous posts, the beginning of the June was spent in Wales. I fell in love with Ceredigion and, if I could have, I would've packed up my sewing machine and whippet and never left. Alas, there does not seem to be too many jobs in the area and the teenager would not be impressed - he has got used to 24-hour living in the city. So, we returned home with plans to return next time we needed some R&R.Read More
Back in 2014, I used my phone to take this rather cruddy photo of some tiles in the rain. Can't remember the exact details of why I stopped, but I must have liked the look of them and had, maybe, imbibed a little red wine. Anyway,it was a flippant photo, and I have no idea where in Hove it was taken. Fast forward three years and my photo library is now bursting at the seams with photos of tiles around Brighton and Hove. So, I thought it was time I do something with them and have been busy designing a quilt.Read More
Computerised embroidery machines have intrigued me for a while. The only things I ever see them do are cute pre-programmed motifs on baby blankets or monogramming flannels, but every now and then I see something on Instagram or Pinterest that makes me stop and reconsider how the machines could be combined with drawing and collage to create something a bit different. Despite thinking about how they could be used with my artwork it is not something I have ever tried as I don't have space for one, and the cost is prohibitive for something to just 'have a play' with. However, couple of friends have recently acquired a machine so I nabbed myself an invite to try it out. Nicole and Melinda run Brighton Sewing Centre, a shop in the North Laine that sells sewing supplies, machines and run classes (as the tutor, I can recommend the quilt ones!). They have lots of different machines, but the Brother PR1050X is their newest addition.Read More
As part of my plan to walk the South Downs Way in 2017, last week we headed up the road to Pyecombe. The weather is improving, so long walks seem much more appealing, however it is tricky finding time to get out and about. We both work six-day weeks, and Sunday is usually taken up with football. However, we had a week off from standing on the touchline and so headed 10 minutes (on a good day) up the road.
I found the walk on the Sussex Living website. As I tend to not have time for a full days walking I have been researching shorter, 1 to 2 hour circular walks along the SDW, and finding there is a lack of them. As soon as you type South Downs Way into Google it comes up with mammoth walks, and little for what I would call the 'hobbyist' like myself.Read More
My aim of walking the South Downs Way in 2017 has got off to a slow start, but the first week of March coincided with my husband having a week off work and so I booked the Wednesday off for us to go out walking together. Typically, the weather forecast was terrible, but determination won and we headed out with spare clothes in the car to change into if needed.