Earlier this year, I dyed some fabrics and embrodery thread. One of these pieces, I made a little sample of, also using Shiva Paintsticks to stencill on some flowers. Then I quilted the piece, and finished with a lot of french knots. My embrodery-thread was in the same dye-bath as the fabric. I decided to try a softer batting, and that was a disaster. Almost impossible to freehandquilt. But it ended as a nice little quilt though, ever with the uneven quilting. And at last I managed to get a picture of it.
Even though I have plenty to fill my limited time with, I’ve signed up for The Sketchbook Project 2011, an exiting idea from the Art House Co-op and the Brooklyn Library. I had a hard time choosing a theme, so I let the Project do it for me. And, living in a city with around 256 rainy days a year, I find it amusing to get the theme: A record year of rainfall! My plan just now is to explore all the grey hues of rainy weather. I haven’t got my moleskin notebook yet, guess it will take a few weeks to reach me across the ocean. I will try to show images of my sketchbook here in my blog.
If you too are interested, you can read more about it here:
At last, we have summer. May and June have been rather cold. My plants don’t mind, they are used to it, but I would prefer it to be a little warmer. But the last two days, have been wonderful with temperature around 19 degrees. Yesterday we woke up finding a guest in our back yard. A young red dear was grazing and not minding us as long as we stayed indoors:
And here are Laksevåg Bueskyttere in the parade:
Spring is here, the sun is warming, the flowers are about to come – life is wonderful. I just wished I had more time. I’m in the middle of reorganising my house, making new work stations for my art. I also try to get rid of all that stuff we have collected in the 26 years we have lived in the house. Much of which I don’t know why? Now, as my daughters have left home, I realize I have a need for more order to be able to create. And I spend too much valuable time looking for things I know I have but can’t find. I guess I’m not the only one.
Looking through my photos from my ROD-journal, I found two more photos I want to share with you. The first is from the end of winter when we all were fed up with snow, and I’ve put in some clips from our local newspaper:
The second is about trying to bring spring and colours in the house:
Yesterday I tried to take a photo of my last quilt, based on pictures I took of Jøtulvann in Iceland. I only had my cell-phone so it is far from perfect, no colour correction yet.
The correct colour is something in between, but closer to the green one.
I just managed to finish decorating my Easter-eggs before the holliday started. So now I have 5 days to do just what I want. No job and no obligations. Well, I’m painting the walls of my staircase, which is quite a job. Not the painting but the rest of the job with masking-tape etc. I also had to take down the railing, and did the priming today. This is a job I’ve been thinking about and delaying for about two years, and at last I’m doing it.
I also started to do some gardening today, but heavy rain stopped that. The garden really need a makeover after the winter with all it’s snow. Instead I finished my last quilt based on the lake of Jøtulvann in Iceland. The lake is full of small ice-bergs floating around.
This photo is from a trip I did to Iceland in 2004. My daughter and her husband both had a year at the University of Iceland, and I spent 14 days with them enjoying the wonderful great nature of this fascinating island.
Have a nice holliday!
Well I’m home after a trip to Trondheim to visit my eldest daughter and her family. I just have to be updated on my little 2 years old grandson Morten. He is so lovely and with such a great heart.
And when I came home, almost all of the snow was gone! It is just wonderful to go in the garden and see life comming back. Now I have to clear away the dirt of winter that pops up after 101 days with snow.
Before I went, I dyed some fabric and embrodeery-thread:
My ROD journal is being filled up, mostly with pictures of the snow we’ve got this winter. It has been an extraordinary winter for us here in Bergen. Usually we have some snow a week or two, the rest of the winter is dark, grey and WET. But this year the snow came at December 19. and it is still here!. At the most we had 63 cm snow on flatland (officially), in my garden it was more than 75 cm. We have not had this much snow since 1917 and 1918! But now it looks like the spring is comming, we haven’t had frost for several days, and the snow is melting every day. So there is still hope. Here are some of the pages in my ROD journal:
My head has been filled with a llittle too much lately, and I’m trying to finish some of my projects so I can concentrate on new ideas. «Wet crows don’t cry» is the title on an altered book I’m working with. The title is from a tv-program I had the audio-design on some years ago. And after working with this program, I really started looking at the crows in a different way. Here are two pictures from the book: