My birthday falls on the last day of the year so I often feel the New Year feeling a day ahead of the people around me.
What a year! I’m enormously grateful for all the wonderful opportunities and experiences. The great obvious stand-out has been 3 months of studio time in beautiful Cappadocia Turkey. Here I am, entranced by the 11th century decoration of the dome of the El Nazar stone church.
Who knows what the new year will bring! I wish you all good health and positive circumstances.
High time I showed something of what I’ve been up to. In essence, lots of messing about without stern objective or excessive critique. Lovely, I recommend it!
Left to right:
A paper chain – each link the strip torn off a teabag packet. Needle and thread still attached ready to add with the next cup. This is fun in itself and I expect it to become part of something else.
A collage of ATM receipts, teabag paper and tags, found knitwear scrap and painted papers. Türkiye Garanti Bankası receipts are my favourite, with their reverse print of something like a four-leafed clover.
A hanging lamp crafted from a fine plastic bag, the frame some found wire. I brought the strip of LEDs from home, they reflect on streamers of chopped up tea packet- cerise & silver foil.
I’ve brought a few tools (needles, scissors, pliers) and a little handful of threads. Every other material must be found.
Here I’m patching together SHINY teabag packets. This in response to realising that my darling little stone house has no mirror to a check how fabulous i look each morning. A totally non-functional activity probably deserves a totally non-functional artwork.
Quite a few of the rubbishy things I’ve been gathering are shiny. I’m a magpie from way back! This is a fun way to use them for once.
There’s nothing like a change of location and lifestyle to bring to mind how much is automatic. I have no idea what will come out of this and most days that’s ok.