08 May 2014

Passed!

I passed my last Level 1 course towards my Textile degree (Understanding Western Art) back in February but I had to wait to get a loan from Student Finance before I could carry on with my first Level 2 course.  It didn't take to long to come through and I got my course material this week.  I've set up a new blog if anyone is interested in following http://textiles2developingcreativetextiles.wordpress.com.

15 April 2014

25 years.......

.... It is hard to believe that 25 years ago on a sunny day just like today Liverpool football fans went to watch their team play in the FA cup semi-final in Sheffield and 96 didn't return home to their loved ones.  Hillsborough has gone down in history as one of the worst sporting disasters this country has seen and to the utter shame of the establishment of this country the families of the 96 have had to fight for a quarter of a century for the Truth to be told.  New inquests started in Warrington on 31st March and they are nearing the end of their long journey for Justice.

You'll Never Walk Alone


14 March 2014

Tyvek question

LaurieK47 left a question on a post about Tyvek from 2007.  She wanted to know how I got this effect.


It is a while since I've used Tyvek so I had to have a quick try to remind myself.  I cut an A4 piece in to smaller pieces remember it shrinks so take this in to account.  I put a piece in between a folded sheet of non-stick baking parchment that I bought in a pound shop.  I heated the iron to in between medium and hot, trial and error because each iron will be different.   Hover the iron over the Tyvek until it begins to shrink the amount you want.

I can't tell you how many pieces I've wasted until I got it right.  This video from joggles.com may help.  Good luck with your project for A level :-)

Update

It is ages since I've posted on here.  I've been busy completing my third level 1 course with OCA towards my Textile degree. Understanding Western Art has been assesses and I'll get the results on 26th March then if I can afford to I can go on to level 2 Developing Creative Textiles.  

I've also had an inner ear problem since New Year.  I kept feeling dizzy and off balance as if I was drunk without the booze.  I finally went to the dr's, had to wait 10 days for an appointment and got some tablets that fingers crossed will clear it up.

28 December 2013

Happy New Year

Well here we are on the last day of 2013 and all I can say is good riddance.  After the last few years I can only hope and pray to God that 2014 is the start of a new beginning in my life.  

Lots of money would be nice but the most important thing I want is good health from now on, because without that nothing else really matters does it.  

Wishing you all a 2014 full of peace, good health because without it we can't enjoy our lives can we,  prosperity because although money doesn't buy happiness it does make life bearable and finally creativity because as Picasso said 

"The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls."










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22 December 2013

Happy Christmas

Hope everyone has a Happy Christmas 



and best wishes for a happy, healthy and creative New Year


Update

It is ages since I posted on here I've been concentrating on finishing my last Level 1 module Understanding Western Art for my Textiles degree.  It is being assessed in March then I can go on to Level 2 most probably after Easter if I can get the money to carry on.  

I've been very good at keeping to my gluten free diet but I've had some of the symptoms over the past few weeks and couldn't work out where I got the gluten from.  It turns out that glucose syrup isn't made from sugar as you would think but can be derived from wheat and a supposedly gluten free stock cube I used in soup had glucose syrup from wheat.  It is so annoying I seem to take 3 steps forward and 2 back.  I am cutting out anything that is processed and sticking to homemade when I can and hope that soon I will feel better because I am so fed up if feeling ill.  


24 June 2013

Coeliac disease

I've been Gluten free for 3 months now apart from the odd lapse (by accident) so I had to see the Gastro consultant this morning.  Although my blood test was negative and I chickened out of the endoscopy and biopsy he is happy with my family history of Coeliac disease to say that I have it.  I won't get bread on prescription though, I would have to go back to eating gluten and have the biopsy to qualify and I just can't face it.  He's sending me to see a Dietician and for a bone scan because coeliac's can be at risk of developing Osteoporosis.  There isn't a lot of follow up care as I don't have to go back to see him and my brother  hasn't seen a specialist since he was diagnosed over 10 years ago

My diet hasn't really changed that much but I am eating healthier than I have for years, more fresh fruit and vegetables and instead of buying processed foods I'm making my own meals from scratch.  Today for the first time I managed to get a half way decent gluten free bread as well.

Gluten is in the most unlikely of foods.  I'd been so good checking everything I bought so was feeling a lot better than I had done in months but a couple of times I felt ill and couldn't work out were the gluten was.  Once it was in the pickled onions I'd had with a salad.


26 April 2013

Abstract Art

As part of my OCA Textile degree course I had to study modern art in Understanding Western Art.  I've never really liked it but as I've learnt more I have started to appreciate some of it more.  I still think some of it is a case of the 'Emperors new clothes' you know what I mean ........ we are told it is art by the experts so it must be???

Anyway I thought I'd have a go at some Abstract art and here are a few of my attempts at it

Acrylic on Watercolour

and my favourite Oil on Canvas.


 I think I've inadvertently painted an abstract impression of ‘reflections’ in oil.  I can see it being a basis for a textile piece using my embellisher.