Monday, 26 September 2011

Being Creative - August

Once again ... running late!

The choice for this months prompt TRAVEL was easy for me.  I organise coach travel - holidays and day trips - for a living.  One of the vehicles we have is a 1963 Leyland Tiger Cub classic bus.

This is the fantastic badge from the front of the bus.

We sometimes use her for weddings and have lots of fun decorating her in appropriate colours.

So, with the wedding theme in mind - and remembering the Dress Up 2010 challenge that I followed last year - I decided to make a wedding dress.

I used old wallpaper to cut out the dress shapes.  Then just started layering, with gesso, acrylic paints, magazine cut-outs, stamps, more gesso, glittery embossing powder.  I inked the edges to give it a vintage feel.  Added ribbon and sequins to the neck and hem edge.  Dipped ready made flowers in tea and added them to the dress with ribbon, sequins, flowers, beads and stick on jewels.  I added lines for journalling on one dress shape, then stuck the two shapes together, catching a wire coat hanger in between.
I have left space on the back for some journalling.

I am really enjoying taking part in this challenge, I am trying to keep the things I make small - so that they actually get finished!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

All The Hard Work Paid Off!

I got this ready before my holidays, but various things went wrong and I didn't get chance to post it .. so ... better late than never ....

For the last two years I have been doing A Level Textiles at night school.  I go to a class at the local high school, organised by the Head of Art and do the rest of the work at home.

These are some images I used to inspire my work last year for my AS.

And this is some of my work.

I was VERY pleased to get an A.

This year, I did the A2.  The final exam was 15 hours, which I attended school for and worked with the other students.

These are images from this years A2 work.

This is my final piece.  It is based on our day to day memories that are like threads woven together that over time create the tapestry of our lives - these make up "The Ties That Bind" us together. -->

I got my results just before I went on holiday - A*!

I have thoroughly enjoyed doing these exams, just looking for something else to work on now.