Tag Archives: rock art

The other bird

Before you do anything else, you need to go and read Nora’s account of the original bird: click HERE. I don’t usually say much about commissioned work here. For one thing, I hardly ever do commission work, and for another, … Continue reading

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a little diversion

Got a bit sidetracked… Found some pictures of Stone Age owl plaques and vessels… It wasn’t too far from this to cloth. Note my very sore index finger!

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borders

Reinforcing border defences. Always a good idea when there is a wild animal on the loose. And then some decoration on the outer border, patched from various cotton and silk scraps. A single labyrinthine line couched in hand-dyed cotton yarn: … Continue reading

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more on paper

And then I found some cave drawings of neolithic animals, already carved up into patchwork blocks: Since the first thing our ancestors would have thought on seeing an animal like this was ‘dinner’, it seems perfectly natural that they should … Continue reading

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drawing

Drawing can be a word meaning ‘gathering’ – as in drawing disparate things together – as well as a word meaning make an image with a pencil. I really like words that work this hard, words that draw together many … Continue reading

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Rings

I wanted to know how it would look if I randomly layered a few fabrics onto some batting and held the fabrics together with only straight stitches. Having made a few straight-stitched rings, I then wondered if I could somehow … Continue reading

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adding a little dimension

In progress on the work table. I photographed sections of the samples so far and then enlarged further sections on the photocopier – more of this later, but you can just see a bit of one of these towards the … Continue reading

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Kinship with cloth

It’s funny how one sample leads to another with almost no effort, and how each adds a little more information to the incomplete picture of where it’s all leading. Still the same sort of size (10″ x 10″-ish), this one … Continue reading

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Sampling (3)

Another sample, this time echoing some of the aerial patterns formed by neolithic burial grounds. Interestingly, these are very similar to the cup-and-ring marks found on rocks and stones. Stitched area is again about 8″ x 10″; the central panel … Continue reading

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Sampling (2)

Another rock art sample, this time using small pieces of cotton fabrics laid onto some quilt batting and quilted wtih a circular pattern. I laid a piece of silk organza over the top before couching the design, though you can … Continue reading

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