Pages part 1

Pages from the Winter Queen sketchbook, as requested, to be posted over a couple of days as there are quite a few pictures. Pages are 8″ square, and mostly a mixture of paper, cloth and stitch. You should be able to click to enlarge each picture if you want to see more detail. You’ll see that I don’t really make many written notes, as I find large chunks of writing to be too much of a distraction – a bit too left-brain, if you see what I mean.

page 1

This first page holds a small piece of the eighteenth century silk that the rest of the book is built on, so the patterns woven into the damask (diamonds and lines alternating with the leaf/floral pattern you can see in the snippet) appear in various other forms throughout the following pages. I used a combination of inks, paints and rubber/foam stamps for most of the backgrounds.

page 2

page 3

Page 3-4 is half-width, so you can see the rest of the page underneath. I like to make pages of different sizes in a sketchbook.

page 4

page 5

page 6

This page features a piece of knitted wire cut into a diamond shape. Wire (metal) and silk go surprisingly well together, I found – not really that surprising, though, since a lot of eighteenth century silk was woven with metal threads. Not much survives because Victorian ladies made a pastime out of unpicking the metal out of old silk and selling it to silversmiths to be melted down and reused.

page 6 (detail of stitched sample)

And that takes us to about halfway through, which is generally a good place to pause. More tomorrow.

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9 Responses to Pages part 1

  1. Jeannie says:

    This is so beautiful. Each page is a work of art. I love how you have tied the pages together with the diamond motif. Looking forward to seeing more.

    • Karen Turner says:

      Thanks, Jeannie. Just a few ideas, really, though I do like some of the colour combinations. I’ll come back to it in cloth at some point.

  2. chloe says:

    Really lovely. Great to be able to see the pages up close too! How long did it take to put most of it together do you think? Was it a fast-burning obsession that had to be worked on all the time or was it created more slowly?

    • Karen Turner says:

      Thanks, Chloe. I guess it took about a month or so, altogether. I tend to work on several pages at once, where one page comes to a temporary standstill and I then work a little on another page until I can go back to the first one. Pages aren’t really completed in any order; quite an organic process. I do like working on paper from time to time.

  3. Rachel says:

    You have a huge variety of interesting patterns and textures there. A great resource, as well as a beautiful object in its own right.

  4. Claire says:

    Such a lovely way to collect things together. A really precious object.

  5. maggi21 says:

    Lovely patterns and textures. I’m glad that you are sparing with words so that the pages themselves can be enjoyed. Interesting about the metal being unpicked. In the current climate I wonder if goldwork pieces will be snapped up and unpicked?

  6. lovely presentation

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