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