I couldn't resist this little book when I saw it at Tynemouth Station flea market. I loved the colour and design of the cover. To be honest I had forgotten all about it until I was looking for a prop to use as a backdrop. It made me think of how life is full of ups and downs.
The Story of a Newspaper Boy
Recently I have been feeling rather lost creatively. I feel as if I need a new direction but not sure which way to go. I have lots of family photographs and letters and would like to create a sketchbook using some of them as a starting point. My work is always created organically so I will have no final outcome in mind.
As I walked to my Zumba class this morning I was thinking about how nice it would be to do some simple stitching. I was running a little bit late but passed the RSPCA charity shop in Whitley Bay. I did not really have time but something drew me in... A very serendipitous visit it turned out to be....
As I was examining this a volunteer came over and went into great detail about how old it was, what it was used for, and gave me a demonstration of how it worked.
I was given India Flint's Eco Colour book as a Christmas gift, I have looked through it a few times but haven't read it properly. One or two of my facebook friends, have been producing some amazing work using eco dyeing and printing. My friend Marilyn Stephens is one and has been absorbed in it for a while and has sent me a beautiful piece of her work. I have been meaning to try eco dyeing but you do have to have a steamer - and there it was at a cost of £4 waiting for me in the RSPCA! I do think most things happen for a reason, so here we are, a lovely old steamer with two valves to alter the amount of steam and a spout to top it up when the water runs dry. Mr T thinks we should keep it as our steamer and relegate our modern version for bundling. So it appears that the decision has been made for me by the purchase of the lovely old steamer.
I have been meaning to work with natural fabrics and stitch for a while so the two may marry together. Whilst searching for some linen I came across a little collection of natural dyeing that I had sampled whilst in the Highlands. These were created using blackberries, I do love the shade it created.
So, I have definitely have some new techniques to try over the next few weeks. Watch this space...... until next time, hope you are all well and looking forward to warmer sunnier days. Jaynex