"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Snowed in

Well, that was an interesting week with the weather!

The "Beast from the East" meets "Storm Emma".  Siberian snow and 60mph winds meant we had a good 8 to 12 inches of snow in places with deeper drifts.  The "fuss" is that we don't get snow like this in Cornwall, not that often and not this thick!

We were snowed in for two days but it felt much longer especially when we had three power cuts, the longest for four hours.  We were very grateful for our wood burner and a fridge full of foodie.

It all looks so pretty through the window but feeling cut off and isolated makes you realise how much you take everything for granted ... especially electric, keeping warm and making tea!

The snow has inspired my collages this week.  We are now on week 10, following the theme called "decollage".  Adding lots of layers and then tearing back to reveal images underneath.

"darling girl"

I used an advert from a 1950s magazine, a beautiful tarnished spoon, a snowy landscape, a few snowflakes from a card insert and some gelli printed tissue paper.  I like the feel of this one but I deliberated over whether to fill the white space and decided not to.  It Is enough.

Only last week ... I said I would only be making one collage a week from now on!  However, I find I get on a roll and this week I wanted to try working a collage on fabric.  This one has a cotton linen backing.  I worked some white gesso over it to prime first.  Then I collaged the same as I would on paper, using the layering/tearing back technique for this week.

follow in nature's footsteps

Other elements are waxed sewing pattern paper and a skeleton holly leaf from my garden.  The bird is a "blackcap".  The collaged background remains soft enough to handle and stitch into.  I have put it to one side to work on over the next few days.

My collages are 5 x 5 inches in an 8 x 8 inch sketchbook for week 10 of the collage project that I am doing with my sister Evelyn following the weekly prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman
"snowed in"

Also on my desk ... a snowy heart I have been stitching with lots of layers of thick chiffon snow and glittering snowflakes.  I used some of my painted textured cotton fabric too which, as I used it, made me think of compacted snow ... you know when snow has uneven bumps and ridges.
I also have winter beachcombing on my mind and I've started another with very pretty beach finds including a tiny barnacle, pearl shell and a lovely mussel.  The simple pleasures of admiring sea treasures, taking time to select fabrics and quietly stitching a shoreline walk.

I will share the snowy one and the winter shoreline walk quite soon.  Meanwhile, here is one I found when I was sorting through a box in my studio.  I made it a while ago and it's one of only a few that I have left in my personal collection.  The two baby mussel shells are still attached in a tangle to the mother shell.

"along the beach"

Thank you for visiting me here x


Jean Lennon said...

Your snow collages are delightful the best I have seen for sometime. I like to know what a collage is all about Thanks

Christina Collie said...

Wonderful Carolyn
I must be brave and have a go at fabric collages Your beautiful pieces are such an inspiration x

The Big 50 said...

Delightful and a wonderful memento of an unusual few days.

Jane Greiner said...

Beautiful and inspiring snow collages Carolyn.x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Looks like you were definitely inspired by all the snow. Of course we're quite used to snow here in Canada but it surely must have been somewhat of a shock to you!

Julie said...

I kept checking the Aspects webcam through the snow and wondering how you were getting on but I hadn't realised the snow was so deep with you! I'm glad you have a log burner to keep you warm. We were lucky and didn't have any power cuts although we did have enough snow to keep us indoors all week, not wishing to risk a fall. Your collages are wonderfully evocative and what a lucky find of the baby mussels with mum. xx

Christine Harding said...

love the collages, especially the one with the skeleton holly leaf, and those gorgeous textured surfaces with fabric, stitching and shells.

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Magical leaf skeleton and magical heart. 2 feet of snow fell in the past two days(.61 meters). We are buried under white!. xox