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Losing Stitching Time To Sleep

Sunday. The one day of the week we deliberately slow down, put aside some time for slow stitching and quiet thoughts. It’s a lazy day for some, resting after a busy week, de-stressing.

My body de-stresses in the most inconvenient way possible and it takes no heed of my head and the things I want to get done. It sleeps for too long, 12 hour stretches or more. This might be ok if I could get to sleep by 10pm, but no, it’s more likely to be between 1 and 2 am. Invariably I wake up with a ‘dehydration headache’, and if not a fury then a deep irritation that I can’t shake off for the rest of the day. Losing an entire morning is, ironically, as stressful as the stress that makes me sleep in the first place.

I woke up at 1.30 this afternoon.

Time, life, slips by. Let it go. I’ll find it again in my Sunday stitches.

Plain Sewing Circles

Plain Sewing, a quilt top in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Making patches for Plain Sewing. A reverse patch with reverse fabric and a reverse circle for needle turn appliqué

Plain Sewing Collages

Making a collage from stitched book pages and fabric. (The book is a 1940s needlework book). © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

I’m working on a series of collage artworks alongside my Plain Sewing quilt top. Slow stitching is a big feature.

Making a collage from stitched book pages and fabric. (The book is a 1940s needlework book). © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

The collage progresses. The black fabric and the transparent fabric are scraps from a childhood dress and the linen on the right is from one of Kim’s dad’s old suits. The book pages are from an old 1940s needlework book my mum gave me.

I’m linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching today. Kathy’s started a new project this week, taking one slow, steady stitch a day every day for a year. A reminder perhaps that if you look back over a long enough journey you’ll find you’ve moved forward more than you think.

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

 

 

Art Studio: Collage Art

Collage art has become an important medium for me. I use mixed media and often incorporate textiles, stitch, personal ephemera and text (I write most of the text, including the poetry, myself). Sometimes my collages include original drawings, like the piece below.

Full on Copper (mixed media collage art) © Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Full on Copper (front)

Full on Copper (December 2013) is made in a simple book format (although there aren’t many leaves inside) on hand made paper. When it’s closed it’s roughly 20cm x 16cm (8″ x 6.25″).

I love the textures and layers I can create with mixed media collage art, in both thought and surface. This one is really tactile and I think that’s why I like the smallish size: it fits in your hands perfectly.

On the front cover there’s some pasted text which reads ‘red’ (top left) and ‘stitch all round the slit for strength’ (under the fabric). You might be interested to know that the text is cut from a 1940’s book on needlecraft! (Don’t worry, it wasn’t in good condition!) I choose text that’s pertinent to my thoughts and the feelings I want to convey – and I can spend hours poring over a book until I find the right words. The book I used for this piece is itself important to me: it’s a needlework book that my mother gave me.  I could carry on describing it, but it is, after all, meant to speak for itself, so here it is, Full On Copper:

Full On Copper

An intense red light
seeps across the folds
of a half remembered landscape,
catching the eye as it glints
on the damp air.

Feelings of hope
for love and desire
ripple across the skin,
to hold and be held
is all there is.

You watch as the leaves fall
full on copper
and for one, sweet moment,
it seems it might be worth
the heartache of clinging on.

© Stephanie Boon, 2013

 

Full on Copper (mixed media collage art) © Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Front cover detail (turned 90 degrees). Includes a gouache painting of a dried leaf overlaid with transparent fabric and held down with hand stitching. The fabric is from a dress I wore as a 10 year old child. Text reads ‘stitch all around the slit for strength’.

 

Full on Copper (mixed media collage art) © Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Full on Copper (centre). On the left side is a manipulated image of a local wood in dappled sunlight. Other details below.

 

Full on Copper (mixed media collage art) © Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Centre (right leaf detail) – including a small original line drawing of a female nude and dried leaf under transparent fabric stitched down by hand (text reads ‘desired’)

 

Full on Copper (mixed media collage art) © Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

The centre with the drawing folded back to fully reveal the poem and leaf on the right. The text on the left reads ‘autumn’, ‘the right colour’ and on the folded back drawing ‘legs towards you’. The full poem is written above and a detail shown in the collage below.

 

Full on Copper (mixed media collage art) Poem © Stephanie Boon, 2013 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Full On Copper (poem in the centre of the work – text also at the top of the page)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this one from the archives. I’m working on another small piece of collage art at the moment that has a similar aesthetic quality and I look forward to showing it to you when I finish it. I’ve got a  feeling it might become the first one of a new series.

Have a great start to the weekend everyone and see you tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy.

Until then, happy stitching

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

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Art Studio – At Peace (mail art)

For Kim, 2007

Today is a special day for me: today is my son Kim’s 17th birthday! To celebrate I thought that on today’s Art Studio post I’d share a work I made a few years ago now, a mixed media letter to Kim. It was part of a mail art (correspondence) project with another artist (‘C’). As part of the mail art project we regularly exchanged art in the post over a period of about 18 months, beginning in 2007. Each piece of mail art we sent was made in response to the previous one that we’d received.  Many of the ‘letters’ (not all of them included writing) were exhibited at the Exchange gallery in Penzance.

I still love this little mixed media piece, it’s so tactile and I’m really sorry you can’t feel it too!

At Peace (front), Mixed Media Mail Art © Stephanie Boon, 2007 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Letter (the front)

At Peace (centre fold), Mixed Media Mail Art © Stephanie Boon, 2007 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Kim (aged 5) (centre, opened, approx 11″ x 7.5″)

At Peace (back), Mixed Media Mail Art © Stephanie Boon, 2007 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Seeds (the back)

Kim was five in the photo and nine when I made this mail art with it. The paper is hand made and has a beautiful translucency and texture to it that appeals to me for lots of reasons. The photo was always one of my favourites: Kim was lagging behind on a walk through summer fields, chatting away to himself, lost in a world of his own; one of those sentimental moments that melts your heart and stays with you forever. The fabric ‘pocket’ contains lunaria (honesty) seeds and is hand stitched in place. The seeds can move about freely behind the fabric – which was once part of the party dress I had when I was 10 years old that I mentioned in a previous post (I’m adding some of it to the Ocean Waves quilt I’m making for Kim at the moment). I sent it to the other artist in a hand made envelope, but unfortunately I don’t have a picture of that to show you today.

Maybe next week I’ll show you some more work from this mail art series – quite a few pieces actually include stitching!  For now though, I’m going to go and put some candles on a chocolate cake and get ready to celebrate with Kim.  It should be a good weekend. I hope it is for you too 🙂

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Pinning v pasting!

Pinterest. Will it replace this?

Scrapbook cover 2012

Old fashioned?

Scrapbook collage focussing on rhythm and saffron colour

A page from one of my scrapbooks, 2012

Natural history themed scrapbook collage

Trying to get things to ‘work’ on garish sugar paper is part of the fun!

Natural history themed scrapbook collage by Stephanie Boon 2012, detail

Detail of one of my favourite subjects 🙂

I’ve resisted the online pin-board phenomenon that is Pinterest for some time now. It has a huge following in the US and is really beginning to take off here in the UK now. My resistance wasn’t because I didn’t like the idea of sharing images, I’m an artist/designer-maker and I want people to see my work and the things I love, but the possibility of breaching copyright laws by the simple act of ‘pinning’ someone else’s work to a board of mine seemed very real to me. And then there’s the restricting factor that you can simply ‘pin’ an item (videos as well as images), whereas a real scrapbook allows you to do something more creative and make collages of your favourite subjects.

So it was with apprehension that I recently opened an account. I set up a few boards and began pinning some of my own images; I know I won’t be breaching copyright there! I’m beginning to get a bit braver now though and have begun pinning images from websites and other people’s boards that I like. It’s so quick to do that it’s very satisfying, like ripping out a page from a magazine and storing it in a sketchbook for playing with at a later date. I think of Pinterest as being just like a magazine shelf really, you can browse around all these pages, some of them really obscure and esoteric, and discover not just interesting images, but get real glimpses into what makes people tick. It’s fascinating stuff!

I’ve only got 6 or 7 people following my boards so far, but I’m following quite a few myself – have you got an account? Let me know your Pinterest name and I’ll follow you to see what you’re all about, I think that would be awesome! Also, if you have any recommendations for your favourite people/boards I could follow (me and the hundreds of readers I have, ha, ha!!!), leave them in a comment below – it’s such a big arena that I’m sure it’s easy to miss stuff that you’d really like to see.

I’m happy if you’d like to add any of my images to Pinterest too, as long as it’s done in the spirit of the community – sharing the stuff you love. But the copyright’s still mine ok, so please don’t use my images in any other way, nick my designs, copy my work etc, (which I’m sure you wouldn’t dream of anyway) and if you do pin some I’d be really grateful if you could add a link back to this website. I promise to do the same for you 🙂

 

Happy pinning!

Stephie x