Saturday, 28 July 2012

Summer School 2012

Under the guidance of our tutor Sandra Meech we used painted, torn and cut papers and fabrics to make our own collaged compositions which were transferred onto fabric
Then our painted papers and colour and black and white photocopies were washed with Brusho paints before being ripped, torn and stitched used to make a stitch bound book according to the personal themes we’d chosen.
I’m delighted with mine and have been wanting to do something like this for a long time. The subject I chose was very evocative for me as I have many happy memories associated with it,
My subject was my Godmother’s Old garden Door which stood in the garden of her old farmhouse on the top of the Mendip Hills in Somerset which I used to run through back and forth  when I was little. This door no longer exists sadly and has been replaced by a polished new one! So I have photos of my brother’s garden door as he lives next door to the original so the local stone is featured and I have the garden doors in my local park in Brighton. It seems to me that all garden doors hold their own mystery and wonder.
My Godmother was an artist but suffering from Parkinson’s disease she lost the use of her hands towards the end of her life but undaunted she told me that she could still paint with words and she left us with two published books of poems and her personal memoirs
These are the two poems I’ve used as the theme for my book:
poem the old garden doorpoem garden of my life cropped
Here are some of my favourite ages from my book: