Etsy shop. The one on the right is made from an original piece of William Morris Chrysanthemum fabric in muted browns and pale oranges. The one on the left is cut from a stunning piece of Peter Hall's 1960s Candida screenprinted cotton in browns, black and white. I previously made a bag for a pocket uke in the orange colourway of this design.
From our viewpoint not much is revealed but we feel like cat-burglars for looking. I hope no one saw us...
My daughter's participation in a Weather Watching course on Saturday took me to RSPB Pulborough Brooks and the Festival of Fungi trail. Searching for mushrooms felt like looking for fairies hidden in the undergrowth. The activity was completely absorbing and I spent an hour finding fungi with names as enchanting and sometimes terrifying as their appearance; Amethyst Deceiver, Green Elf Cap, Collared Earthstar, Yellow Brain, Jelly Ear, Tawny Grisette, The Sickener, Poison Pie, Lilac Bonnet and Hairy Curtain Crust.
It was a clear, fine autumn day for a walk around the hedge-lined paths of the nature reserve - a twitcher's paradise. As well as wild and waterfowl I saw herds of deer, cattle and six still dragonflies.
Of course I could extend this experiment to photographing the sky every day for a year, but I know there'll be days when I forget to do so. Then there's the 'What to do with all that footage of sky?' conundrum. I still have rolls of film of the view of tower blocks opposite my eleventh floor flat in Poprad, Slovakia in 1997-98 - photos of the same sight taken every day that I lived there, waiting to be turned into a great art installation. That's if I ever get round to turning the Dictaphone cassette tapes of announcements recorded at every Eastern European train station I travelled through that year into a musique concrète radio work for Resonance Fm first. Maybe one day...
For now then, an ergonomic piece: Same Sky - Seven Days.
Five new ukulele gig bags have gone into my Etsy shop today. They're all made from original 1950s, 60s and 70s fabrics (a William Morris design, Bernard Wardle screenprinted cotton, Liberty prints and Heals fabrics).
I've used a combination of channel quilting and free-motion quilting here. As a naive self-taught quilter I wasn't actually aware that was the name for what I was doing until my friend and sewing expert Leigh Otterson-Walter of Quilty Pleasures enlightened me!
|Detail of channel quilting and free motion quilting on Ivy Arch uke cases|
I love the look and texture of quilted fabrics and sometimes find the stitching on the back of the piece as interesting (if less colourful) as the pattern on the front. There's a secret work of art hidden away inside the lining of every ukulele bag I make.
|Hidden back view of an Ivy Arch quilted ukulele bag|
These vintage fabric ukulele gig bags are on sale now in the Ivy Arch shop.