Tuesday, 12 April 2011

a whole lotta rosy ...

... in my erosion bundle ...

we've had some stunning weather in St. Ives since I last wrote
and I finally opened up the bundle
and carefully peeled back the layers
to leave everything to dry out and "air"

I have a blog friend down in St. Ives at the moment
I expect some of you will know who it is ;o)
(but more on that in a later post)

but just to say I met up with her on Saturday 2nd April
and we shared the opening of my erosion bundle

and as we peeped inside ...
... the very first thing we noticed was that
spring had well and truly "sprung"

with some decaying sycamore seeds sprouting new life

it was most unexpected
as last year this didn't happen in any of my four bundles

spring has sprung oh

on the top of the bundle an ivy seed head was imbedded in a layer of
silk tops and cellophane that had naturally felted together


I wasn't able to totally prise these layers apart
so they will become a piece in their own right
with some hand stitching on at a later stage

there was some nice rosy staining on some embroidered cotton
with colour transfer also onto the leaf

rose tinted embroidered cotton

interesting patterns and textures on a holiday snap
I took at the Temple of Aphaia in Aegina

and some useful rose tinted scrim

I'm sure that some of the colour staining
has come from this piece of Egyptian cotton
that I brought back from Egypt last year
which now has rust and leaf marks on
and the rusty tin heart that I placed inside the bundle
is well and truly stuck to some textured paper
which has rusted and is tinted with red dye
(another piece in it's own right)
there were many tiny fragments that had to be very carefully peeled apart that will probably get used in collages and paintings

more fragments

and a large fragment of rusty vellum
which had crinkled up nicelyI love the way this rusty heart reacted with
dyes and kodak papers revealing an encaustic look

yummy purple and orange rust

and I don't know if you can see this
(it was hard to photograph)
but there is a leaf imprint in the papers
with some pretty mauve tints

all in all ...
I'm head over heels in love with my bundle

... now my thoughts turn to what I can do with some of the pieces ...

I will probably dip some in wax to preserve them, use some in stitched collages and also incorporate some into silk paper

What will you do with yours?
creative wishes
Carolyn

62 comments:

ju-north said...

How exciting! Lots to play with. Love to you-know-who!

Diane said...

Absolutely amazing. Can;t wait to see what you make. Truly inspirational as usual. xxxx

Kirsten Søeballe said...

I enjoyed reading this post. It was very interesting.
Yours sincerely Kirsten

Miriam Weaver said...

I clicked on the leaf imprint on the paper and could see it clearly when it was enlarged. All the pieces are really interesting, I'm looking forward to see what you do with them.

Heavens2Betsy said...

What a marvellous parcel of mysteries and wonders. I LOVE absolutely everything your bundle contains, especially the new life sprouting and the Kodak papers. I am intrigued to see what you will be creating using them all. It really is exciting. Penny

La Dolce Vita said...

oh what gorgeous textures, I will look forward to see what you make of all of this!!

kirsty said...

Fascinating! I especially like the image with lots of little fragments - it would make a lovely print I think xx

liniecat said...

Stunning serendipity at work there! What a treasure trove.

Jane Housham said...

I REALLY enjoyed seeing everything you found in your bundle. I wish I'd been there to feel the textures and smell the smells (which I imagine there may have been... could be wrong of course). Fascinating.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Thank you all for your comments. Miriam thank you for clicking on the leaf and yes, Jane, the bundle was earthy smelling ... like freshly dug garden soil rather than mouldy. I was surprised there wasn't much mould nor very much insect life either ... just a few wood lice that needed to be pushed off and moved on to pastures new :o)

Lisa said...

Carolyn, only you could dig up something out of the ground that would be this stunning.. layers of visual and tactile perfection..I am speechless. You should definitely sell your erosion bundles in your store..they are unique and magnificent...like no other.

coming here is always like a breath of fresh air...

Katie said...

Carolyn,you have some of the coolest effects. I love that last rusty heart, and well, all of it. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

JP said...

all I can say is that it was really worth it to get such interesting results

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

New life from your bundle - I love to see a seed sprout in this way - goes to show just why the Sycamore is such a tenacious survivor. Have a good week Carolyn. x

Libertybelle said...

Wow- what an interesting bundle Carolyn. I can't wait to see what lovely creations you make!

Joanna said...

Absolutely stunning, and you will make the most of all these treasures. The photo looks great, and I love how the colours have run. I would love to join in the next project.

xx

Shoshi said...

This is brilliant, Carolyn! It must be like Christmas, opening the parcel and not knowing what you will find. Some day I must try it. Trouble is, I'm so scared of creepy crawlies!

Jensters said...

I have been awaiting for the opening of your bundle Carolyn and i must say what a stunning erosion it is....always lovely to come to your blog x

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Shoshi ... there really wasn't too many

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Just fantastic Carolyn, the reds lighting up the rust. xox Corrine

Linda said...

I know who your visiting friend is!!! I followed you into a gallery in St. Ives, this makes me sound like a stalker but I recognised your names were in the newsletter request book!

Pom Pom said...

How exciting that spring sprung in your erosion bundles. The pinkness is so unique.

Jan said...

yours turned out cool, very usable. I am getting a kick out of your heart mouse.

Caroline said...

I was expecting to see some creepy crawlies in there!! Super experiemnt and now what a lovely stash of supplies you have for your future projects. Wonder what you will make with them!

solange said...

It's wonderful, it makes you want to try

daisy said...

I wouldn't know where to start with all these fragments & I am soooo looking forward to seeing the wonderful creations that you will make with them.

daisy xx

jan said...

Lots of gorgeous textures, look forward to seeing what you make with them all.

Rachel Anne Cronin said...

Love lovely colours and textures, what an inspiring post! I really must try this...

ShabbyChicShaz said...

How fabulous, love the results, looking forward to seeing what you make with the fragments :)

Jill said...

These are wonderful, very tempted to start collecting bits for a bundle. Looking forward to seeing what you produce.
Jill

ger said...

Highly enjoyable + inspiring cloth archeology...

Silke Scheller said...

Wowowow I`m absoltuley impressed! I can`t imagine what`s inside of my bundle but I don`t think that it will be so grat like yours. I`m looking forward to what you`ll gonna create out of this!
Silke

Are you curious about me? said...

Love the post. The sycamore seeds look like angels wings.. Beautiful.

Carrie said...

What a beautiful bundle of treasure. I'd be far too impatient to leave it long enough for the effects to take place. That piece with the heart is amazing.

Bee happy said...

Your bundle is amazing, love the colours and marks, can't wait to see what you make.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

mamabeaks said...

I love your erosion art so much. what a surprise to see each layer unfold.......... I love those little seedlings!

Julie Shackson said...

Such wonderful treasures!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

This is too cool. What treasures you have ,Carolyn. Thanks for sharing.

vilterietje said...

wow unbelievable beautiful stuff! i'm looking forward to opening mine on the 28 of april. love, riet:)

Lynn said...

Wow...love the "new life"!~

Lynette (NZ) said...

Heaps of gorgeousness here - look forward to seeing what you do with it next.

Chrissie said...

No wonder you had a rosy glow when you opened your bundle - delicious! Lots of inspiration there. x

Lorraine said...

like all this...thanks for the tip on how to preserve the leaves etc in wax..mine has some nice blackened ivy leaves and rust in it..bet you create something marvellous with it too

Jackie said...

Ooh it makes me wish I had done one. What fun.
By the way, I went to the temple of Ephaea on Aegina when I went to Greece on my own about 35 years ago! Its a strong and beautiful memory, though how I did it I don't know now!

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Absolutely fascinating, Carolyn! What a wonderful surprise, getting new, green life out of your bundle! I'm sure your creative mind is just swimming with ideas of what to do with the pieces

Jennifer Rodriguez said...

Those are amazing!! Found you on Flickr and will be following you now..

Sharon said...

Well like I mentioned earlier the elk got hold of mine and off to the woods they went. I can see them now looking at my bundle before they ate some of it. Next year higher in the tree. LOL

Sharon said...

I ment to say I certainly enjoyed yours. What fun you shall have creating. Looks like mother nature did her own creating on some.

Martine said...

this was really worth waiting for......
XXXm

Barb Cady said...

This looks amazing Carolyn. You have inspired me to start collecting for a bundle of my own, and you haven't even started creating with it yet! By the way I love your heart curser and your blog is amazing. xx

Jessica Loughrey said...

what a gorgeous bundle! i look forward to seeing what you do with it. i participated in this when the issue of cloth paper scissors came out with seth apter's article on the disintegration collaboration and i've been toying with doing another bundle. now seeing yours i'm thinking i just may have to get going on another one. :)

Connie said...

Just awesome. That seems to be my word for today. Can't wait to see what comes from all the treasures!

Cathy said...

Amazing collection of colours and textures Carolyn. I bet you are really pleased with the results so far.

vintagerockchick said...

What lovely surprises! I'm sure if I did it, it would all end up brown and dirty looking with loads of bugs. Perhaps I'd best leave it to the experts xx

Emma said...

What a fabulous bundle, so many treasures.

Mrs Moen said...

Your bundle is a piece of art all by itself! I cannot wait to see the creations that will made from the content!

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Absolutely stunning results Carolyn! Really inspirational. I do love the ivy berry piece and the rusted hearts.And dont those intrepid little seedlings bring joy to the heart!

Julie said...

It was wonderful to share the opening of your bundle with you Carolyn :-) There were so many beautiful objects and marks to marvel at and it's been great to see the rest of it here. The rusted heart is gorgeous. My favourite I think. Have fun using all these things. xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Great fun to see what your bundle yielded! I'm quite peeved with myself because I put one out in the flower bed last fall and neglected to remember it was there in time to retrieve it before the fellow raked our lawn and flower beds and quite obviously thought it was garbage. Argh!!!!

Clare H said...

Fabulous Bundle! Just opened mine today and videoed it but its no where near as impressive as your bundle!

byondbzr said...

Ooh, you got some beautiful stuff out of your bundle! Can't wait to get at mine, but it's been raining for weeks here! I'll just have to wait for a dry spell!

Lynn said...

Each bit of this is a work of art in itself! Wow.