04 August 2020

Drawing Tuesday - collage

I got bogged down in the research for this topic - instagram is full of collage images! Also I started looking analytically at the collages I'd made in the past, distant and recent - what would I do differently now, why does this particular one and not that other one get my attention, what's the problem with the composition in this one or the colour in that one, etc etc. 

And then "something came up" on the Tuesday, so I'll post a few of the old items I examined, just for the record.

Page from a book that hasn't been sewn, 2015

Typography (and tracings)

My favourites from a daily-postcard project during a time of long hours at work, in the 2000s; doing a little art every morning kept me sane

Some of the other fabric collages - not brilliant, but it's all about process

Instant photocollage, moving scraps around on my work surface

A favourite, cut through the pages of a magazine, 2012 maybe



From Carol -  these I did on a camping holiday using things around from the heathland – it was always a pleasure to slow down and appreciate the nature around.




From Najlaa -  here is my yellow collage.


From Janet K - a collage from some time ago. Happy memories of the cottage we rent every few years on Lake Mississippi in Ontario

From Joyce - Collage reminds me of Lee Krasner’s exhibition last year at the Barbican. I looked at the photos I had taken and some reminded me of the forest of Sunflowers we have in the garden that my husband planted from seed, they’re taking over! So I made a few sketches and then created this from various papers and card I have collected over the years

From Sue M -   works in progress



From Sylvia - three little collages from today



From Mags -   I had constructed textured backgrounds for painting from torn pages of 'Metro' with white acrylic over the top ( https://magsramsay.blogspot.com/2017/11/contemporary-painting-studio-week-7.html).
I still have some of the prepared surfaces so when I was invited to submit a map for LivingMaps project ' Dreaming a Post-Covid World' (https://www.livingmaps.org/mapping-the-pandemic) I used one of these with with collaged and deconstructed photos of my bike , altered in Photoshop

From Hazel - my collage is made from photocopies of my drawings - old and new. I enjoyed using torn edges against cut edges to make my image.

From Sue S - here’s my collage of colourful trimmings after a rustle in my coloured papers. Might work it into a formal piece . . .

From Judith - Some figures from life drawings and then a portrait. I have in the past wondered about trying a portrait using newspaper. Never again! I wanted someone very recognisable so apologies for that!


From Janet B - What’s with the teapot? No don’t even try to answer. 


28 July 2020

Drawing Tuesday - roofscape / streetscape

While scrolling through Instagram I came across what looked like a roofscape, or skyscape perhaps. And I was intrigued by how the drawing was done (other similar examples @aschoppel). Her drawings are large and obviously took hours - she started the grid at the edge and worked inward.

When I started a little sample, in my A6 notebook, just to see how it might turn out, it became clear that "just copying" that drawing wouldn't be possible. To do the drawing properly would be to do it large, and to experiment to see what would evolve when I used the method with the objective of seeing how it worked for me. In other words - start at square one and develop my own version, which would certainly look different - for instance, Amanda's squares are so perfect, each in itself, and mine are sloppy. She must have done many variations to get to this one.

I put on a nice podcast (99% Invisible) and started with a circle of converging squares -

As results go, it was more like a Mayan calendar disk than it was like skyscrapers. Try again -
Happier with that, but I can tell you it took ages, and it was small...


From Janet K - The view from our bed.


From RichardIs this a roofscape or the earlier view out of our window? Both. Fast-changing clouds and shadows, so no dawdling in watercolour!



From Sue S - Here is my sketch from our top landing. rooftop view with intermittent sun. Caran d’ache & neocolour. 

From Ann - This was a watercolour I completed a few weeks ago, of the house opposite.  


From Judith - I put together a montage of sketches from Peratallada and Pals in Catalonia and a roofscape from a Peratallada photo.



From Carol - The view of endless loft conversions and skips at home made me depressed so we escaped to Norwich where they have lovely chimneys.

From Hazel - A view from a bedroom window using pencil, pen and watercolour. Glad that the postman arrived!


From Mags - discovered the 'panorama' function on my phone , taking photos from underneath the parasol, altered in Photoshop using ' Find Edges' and 'Palette Knife' filters




From Sylvia -  revisited old sketch books for this one - cottages in village where I grew up, and camera obscura Edinburgh


From Joyce - the view from the train after leaving Blackfriars before descending to City Thameslink. From a photo taken before lockdown, hope to make the journey again one day soon! Dip pen and sepia ink.

From Jo - MICRO CEREAMI PEN REVIEW 0.5 (BLACK) KOREA is what it says on the pen! With water it goes this weird blue colour. I wish it had been black, but it is lovely to write with.

From Gillian - View from a back bedroom window


From Jackie - Here is a pen and ink sketch from the National Portrait Gallery restaurant… found in my files and reminiscent of those times before any notion of restricted movement due to the dreaded virus… 
It is a bit more inspiring than the view from my loft window!



From Sue B - well…that was one of the hardest things for me this week…could NOT get the angles right!!!!…so…i got distracted by painting the INSIDE of the windows and curtains in my drawing room…and then dodged and dived over 3 days to try and get the houses opposite and their rooftops!!


25 July 2020

Studio Saturday - towards a bespoke shirt

For quite a few years now I've been promising to make a shirt to fit my tall thin son, who can never find sleeves long enough. And finally it's happened, meant to be a surprise for his birthday. No chance of fittings during the process...

First step was to search shelves and elsewhere for my copy of this comprehensive book, published in 1993; it had wandered away from the Sewing shelf.

Over a leisurely two days, I made a pattern from his wedding shirt, which seemed to fit him well. This involved checking and rechecking the white shirt and the cross-and-dot paper pattern pieces.

The fabric is a strange sort of stretchy denim, quite heavy, so I looked for some lighter fabric to line the collar, collar stand, yoke, and cuffs. A happy byproduct of the search was the chance to sort out several more fabric drawers, and even allocate some fabric to the charity shop (sorted into ziploc bags and labelled "craft fabric")
 Which to choose? I slept on the decision...
Would he actually like any of these?

Fabrics from South Africa, Australia, Japan
I chose the Aboriginal design and started sewing, adding seam allowances of different widths as set out in the book.


A plan!
 Fussy-cutting for the patterned fabric
Following the grain lines -

Space near the sewing machine was a bit constrained, as the little kitchen hasn't yet left my studio, the carpenter has had other things on his mind -

I like how the hidden bit of the yoke turned out
 The cuffs will be fun too -

Before and after, or rather, model and sample
Practising making the placket - great fun -

For the birthday, this is what got packaged up -

Unfortunately the cuffs were a bit small and a new pair is being attached.

Even more unfortunately the fit of the back has inexplicable wrinkles parallel to the sleeve seam. But the shirt sort of works as a jacket over a teeshirt.

Next version will be in shirting-weight fabric and will be fitted to the body at each stage!