C is for Cornwall and all things Cornish - coves, cobbles, cottages, Cornish Cream tea, cranberries, colours, artist Catherine Hyde, Cornish choughs and crows
Cornish Cove at Sennen
C is for cobbles
C is for Cornish cottage
A little inchie I made this week for the letter C in the alphabet inchie challenge. I made it from card which I monoprinted in silver, grey and white with a snippet of hessian for the roof coloured with distress ink and copper glitter
"Across the Cranberry Land"
C is for Catherine Hyde. Catherine is one of my most favourite artists of all time and as she works locally in Cornwall it's a pleasure to be able to see her paintings on a regular basis. There was an exhibition of her work in The Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance back in November 2009 and there are still a handful of her paintings exhibited there at the moment. I would recommend a visit! I popped in there last Saturday for a "view"
"In the Warm Room"
Helford Evening - detail
The Black Bird
C is for Cornish Choughs
This is a card I bought a couple of years ago of a woodcut print by Tim Wayne. Red billed choughs (Cornish choughs) have black plumage and brightly coloured orange/red legs, feet, and bills. They were once a common bird in Cornwall, but there are now very few breeding pairs of choughs on the Lizard peninsular and Penwith. It's very exciting that, in the last few years, the choughs have returned to breed again. Needless to say, the nests are closely protected by the RSPB to stop the eggs from being stolen. I only found out today that choughs are closely related to the crow family and I love crows, particularly primitive folk art crows
C is for crows ...
Caw caw caw ... I like the sound of crows cawing. It reminds me of my walk home from school. It's a late afternoon sound ... especially in autumn and winter time ... caw caw
It also reminds me of the childrens' television programme "Jackanory". I've always loved to have stories read to me and one of my most favourites from childhood is the Arabel and Mortimer stories by Joan Aiken. The stories, about a little girl called Arabel and her pet crow called Mortimer, were charming and funny but especially so because they were read by the inimitable, witty and lovable Bernard Cribbins. I think that's the real reason I think of crows with affection
of black birds crowing about
a murderous tale
1. Bird silhouettes 01 2. Crow 3. A murder of crows 4. A crow in the snow ... 5. Bird found some thread 6. Bruno 7. Stone the crows... 8. Untitled 9. Banner#2 detail, 10. Bird in hand 11. Character development: Raven and the Whale 12. Black crow 13. Little bird brooch
All credit goes to the wonderful and talented artists and photographers whose work is included here. Please click on the links to go to the artists' work
Haikus - Week 4
Cackled like a pair of cartoon crows
Some tags I made using little snippets of silk and ribbon that I hand dyed
Corn for popping
and below is a whimsical fabric crow collage I started that's still "in progress". I'm having a lot of fun with it. I still need to secure bits down and add lots of hand stitched details but I will show it finished soon
a tribute to one of my favourite bands
C is for Crow Day ... a day where Jo and I have fun "playing" with art/crafts and experimenting with textile techniques. We had our last "Crow Day" a couple of weeks ago and I worked on this
C is for colour ...
Cranberry, Carmine, Crimson and Copper
Playing with colours
C is for cloth ... rather a slow cloth. Inspired by several artists I admire ... Jude Hill, Gerdiary and Rebecca Sower I want to work on a slow cloth in the colours above. While rummaging about in my red stash I discovered this piece I started a while ago. It was inspired by a trip to Thailand. So I'm going to work on this one first and get it finished before I start a new soft slow cloth
I want it to be "rich" so I've dug out some nice red and gold fabrics and shall start to play with squares and take my time hand sewing them down and adding embellishment and as elephants remind me of my trip to Thailand I would like to incorporate elephants in some way. Hopefully, it will come to me once I start
These reds are my favourite cranberry red and raspberry red
C is for cranberries ... my favourite all year round! I always have cranberry sauce or redcurrent jelly with my meals, never gravy, can't stand the stuff!
C is for cream tea with home made jam!
It's a bit like "Sesame Street" ... hope you enjoyed the letter "C"
Have a fabulous week!