Catch up one

I’ve been so busy making items for exhibition, and keeping some under wraps, that I haven’t yet had chance to show you everything I’ve made. It’s interesting as I set out to do some local items for the Ilkley Art Trail and interpreted that as landscapes. I did make a couple, which I’ve already shown you, before I realised I was forcing it and started to really think about how I could interpret local in a way that made sense to me.

What I really like is partial rather than whole lanscapes.

As I’d used quite bright almost spring like greens I felt the tree needed leaves of some description. I like the little curls and the hint of  blue/purple at the bottom gives the impression of bluebells.

Earlier in September we explored on the Cow & Calf rocks whilst waiting for the sun to set. Our daughter is taking a photography GCSE and the homework was to take a local scene – she chose a sunset and the view from the rocks over to the west gives great sunsets. Whilst clambering around I noticed the amount of graffiti up there and that inspired this next piece.

As this is to sell I made the actual graffiti quite generic,  It would be good to try a few colour experiments with this idea but I approach it with trepidation.


I’ve never really been inspired by landscapes preferring instead the detail and texture of nature BUT, just occasionally I have a go. Even more occasionally they work out okay. The problem I have is that even though I know I don’t have to be constrained by what I see, I usually am and can’t seem to break free from trying to create what is in front of me. I don’t know why, but today, I thought it might be my day to have another go.

The Cow and Calf rocks is a local landmark. Ages ago I made a landscape based on it and then threw it in the bin, so great was my disgust with the outcome. When in a better mood I had a go at drawing my interpretation and those who’ve read this blog before will know I don’t like straight lines, so I didn’t use any. This drawing has been lurking in a dark place waiting for the ‘right mood’ for me to create it in felt.

I like the effect of the lines and movement in the felt but the size and height of the rocks is wrong. No idea what I was looking at when I laid the fibres out – it wasn’t my drawing that’s for sure. Disappointed rather than disgusted I had another couple of goes.

Much better this time. The rocks are a better proportion and height but still the same movement in the piece. My husband didn’t like that the rocks were joined so I’ve split them off and now I’m not sure which I prefer. Do you think he was right? Overall, an improvement on some I’ve done before and I liked working this way. Note to self – try it again.

Added later – I had another go. I decided that I want the rocks to connect but not necessarily by a line of wool. Otherwise I think they look a little plonked. The purple of the rocks was too deep so here’s the new one.

I think it looks better with a connection between the rocks but the wool spirals are a little too swiss roll. If the lines of wool curled but were broken it might be better. So I tried it.

Now this one I’m very happy with. I decided to make it in natural coloured Shetland wool with just a few bits of wool yarns and a few Teeswater curls in the sky for texture. The broken lines are better than the continuous spirals. I begin to see how I can take this style forward but not right now as I think I’m ready for a change of subject.