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Archive for March, 2011


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March 23rd, 2011 Posted 8:53 pm

Spring cleaning today, I dusted off an old leather handbag that my mother had made in Art school over seventy years ago.

Exquisitely tooled, alder catkins.

Leather Tooling; Catkins










I love the alder when it first buds quietly, almost breathlessly, with a soft ruddy haze on the tips of the branches in the quiet grey days of winter.

Today, perhaps Spring is more than lurking, …

These catkins on my Contorted Hazel  are almost florid with their billowy primrose yellow tassels, as if they could dance with the crocuses, and cast the grey away.

Contorted Hazel Catkins













I want to draw them.  Tomorrow, perhaps.  Today, I’m working on a warm cabled vest Inggun which echos the twists and turns of this nature’s entwinement.

Cabled Vest














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March 17th, 2011 Posted 11:10 pm












Hellebores, earthy, push through the scattered fall debris. This drawing I had done in January, when the early “White Magic” appeared.


Today, in my garden, Black Hellebores.


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March 17th, 2011 Posted 11:33 am


Pink.  Luminous.  Uplifting.









On the loom right now, Bronson Lace Towels.  Love the colours.  Love the punctuation of the Bronson  squares, full to the grid square, or centred in neighbouring square.


Bronson Lace 2










Bronson Lace 1










And the inspiration I took  from an earlier chalk pastel I did of the Physalis alkekengi ..Japanese Lantern. I’m reminded to  take time today, to draw.  It is restorative.

Japanese Lantern











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