The ladybird has landed…

Ladybird miniature kite hung against whitewashedstone wall…in her new studio. Here in Göreme, Cappadocia Turkey I’ve very luckily found a cute little old stone house and am slowly setting up housekeeping and of course a workspace. 

It’s slow because I’ve been taking a lot of time for social life – predictably hilarious given my minimal Türkçe – and walking, looking, drawing this marvellous landscape. Soon enough I’ll be happy to spend all day in a cosy studio with Ladybird. Interior of whitewashed stone room with Ladybird pennant

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Mapping my mind

80 days of travel through 12 countries….

I saw a lot of beautiful or interesting places, objects, people. None of these will be recognisable in what I make next. Pictures are not my talent!

The mindmaps pictured above my desk are a start at describing some of the ideas or images that came to me in those beautiful places.  I had time to think, to be intrigued, to make connections. 

Mindmapping was a good method to move all of that internal value to the external, physical world. A big step toward making…

Packing for the journey, part 1

Three months away from the studio!!! What to pack?
Never mind what shoes and how many changes of undies – art materials were high on the list.

 I love working with “found objects” so I decided to take a little bundle of somethings-to-stitch-onto: my favourite quilt batting and some pre-painted baby wipes 
Thread is handy too. A little kit of many colours and a few needles:

   

Some objects which places gave me:miscellaneous fibre-ish rubbishI’m especially pleased with the red tangle. It’s waste agave silk from the braid-makers in Fes. 

I couldn’t help myself and have bought a few items:

shiny floss on  skinny cardboard reelsReels of agave silk-which came in the most daunting array of colours-and some silk scraps from traditional weavers in Lyon. 
After all this preparation, I’m sorry to say that I haven’t done a thing with it except mending some clothes. Which was very handy!
I’m learning that I need a more settled space to do composition. Or maybe I haven’t yet established a routine that allows for stitching. That might happen in Paris…

The carnival is over 

The exhibition seems like a lifetime ago. Taking it down took a fraction of the time to set up. There was the great pleasure in delivering or packing and posting some works to their new owners (thanks! you know who you are) and a bit of figuring out where to store the pieces which came home. 

Still no work in the studio though, because it became Travel Admin Central – sorting out the schedule, the documents, the wardrobe and of course, the all-important “art on the move” kit. Of which, more later. 

orange shoes on blue suitcase