Friday, 22 May 2015

ICAD 2015

ICAD (Index-Card-A-Day) 2015
is starting on June 1st
and I'm going to be joining in
(thank you for the nudge, Carmen).

I have decided to do quick 5-10 minute collages
which will, hopefully, make this challenge
achievable!

(the joy of everyday Art!)
This is my ICAD cover.

If you want to join in
(it's FREE)
pop along to Daisy Yellow
HERE 
for all the info. 

XXX

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 19


May Theme: Touchy Feely (texture)
Week 19 Art Challenge - Stitching
Week 19 Journal Prompt: "All That I'm After is Life Full of Laughter"

(We laughed so much when you made this skirt - it looked like a toilet seat!)
I took my inspiration from a small machine stitching 
practice scrap that Hope did at school some years ago 
during a dreaded needlework lesson.
It had got shoved into the fabric box and I found it
when I was searching for inspiration.
I'm so glad I was able to use it in such a
meaningful way.

The background for these pages are book pages,
washi tape, sewing pattern and gesso.
I roughly tacked Hope's swatch to the page and
then carried on the pattern for the rest of the design.
I was giggling while creating these pages - Hope had
 to make a skirt at school, with a strange frill on the front.
She really didn't like it and when she brought it home
and showed me we laughed and laughed, especially when
I said it looked like a toilet seat :D
The skirt, sadly never worn, has gone into 
family legend as 'the loo seat skirt'.

Happy memories.

XXX

Friday, 15 May 2015

You'll Fit In Well There, Mum.

"You'll fit in well there, Mum" 
were the parting words from our cheeky son Luke 
as Grant and I went off to The British Museum
to see


(Exhibition now extended until the beginning of July 2015)
This is such a fascinating exhibition.

There were eight mummies of
different sexes, ages and social standing
and most of whom have never been unwrapped - and
probably never will be using this technology.
They have been CT scanned, which has given all
sorts of information about who they were, how they lived,
how they may have died, the mummification process,
and their world at that time.
Items packed in with the mummy have been 3D printed
and their purpose was explained.
The graphics were amazing.

One poor mummified chap either wasn't very popular 
or maybe his family didn't pay enough because during the
mummification process his head somehow became 
detached from the rest of his body and so had to be held 
on with sticks, and he was also too tall for his coffin 
so a very crude extension was added which made it look 
like he was wearing platform shoes!

Dental hygiene must have been fairly poor
because most of the mummies had several
tooth abscesses which, if left, could have killed them.

They had some amazing wigs though.

Grant and I really enjoyed this exhibition
and I would recommend it if you have an interest
in the ancient world and how science is being used to discover more about it.

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Also at The British Museum
is


and we popped in there too.


This exhibition was very informative about a
period of history about which I previously
 knew very little.


The artwork is stunning,
and I really liked it that they were
given a descriptive explanation.


I understand a bit more about the symbolism now!


I couldn't help but feel sad for these people
that Colonial Britain trampled over this vast continent
which its many different groups of people, each 
with their own languages and traditions,
and simply decided it was theirs.


This was an interesting exhibition
and we both learned more about this
period of history.

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We both had a brilliant time at
The British Museum.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

XXX