Organising April

This month has revolved around planning  and organising

I have been  busy working at my creative arts degree, getting my first assignment sent to my tutor Liz Smith in the UK. I have also been planning for my week in Knebworth in May, doing a workshop with Gwen Hedley at Artvango. We are also planning our trip to Venice for a week in June.  I am  away for the whole of August, so more planning!

My husband has also given me some workshop shelving, which has necessitated a lot of reorganising in my art room

I have posted some of the stitch work that has been developing whilst working on my first assignment:

My garden has also needed a lot of attention this month. The rains of March have made everything grow, including thousands of knee high weeds, enormous beetroots, cabbages and onions. My lovely pepper tree, which  I put in as a sapling 3 years ago, and which is very fast growing, has spread and spread almost reaching the height of our roof terrace. I have also bedded in some more colour amongst the plants, as the sun gets stronger during the year, many colourful plants die off and  it has taken me years to understand what grows well in Canarian climates and what doesn’t.

Fabulous February

I am so enjoying the creativity generated by my OCA Creative Arts Degree that I don’t have a lot of spare time. My time has also been reduced  because I have a small job, managing 2 friends holiday Villas in the next village .

I have been reading The Divine Feminine Fire by Teri Degler. She examines the power of the creative drive throughout history, by describing the lives of some of the people changed by this mysterious power.  One  example describes Hildegard von Bingen, a 12 century nun, who at the age of 40 had a massive outpouring of creativity in music, illustrations, literature,  poetry, as well as writing scientific and medical literature. Teri  places her spot-light on some of the world’s greatest composers, also at people like  Carl Jung, as well as some of the world’s more famous mystics and saints. At the end of each chapter there are exercises for deepening your own creativity. Powerful reading.

Hildegard von Bingen

Another neglected area of life, is my dose of Andrea Schroder at ABC creativity. With amazing synchronicity,  she emailed me a link to her latest creative visualisation video on Youtube, she shows us other ways to tap into our creative drive.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgQjW4v9tyk.

One slow evening last week I knitted a pretty little daffodil in preparation for St David’s Day. It reminds me of Wales where I have spent much of my early life and where the daffodil is symbolic of this celebrated day on March 1st.  Later that week I knitted the Arum Lily.    See  http://naturalsuburbia.blogspot.com/2010/08/daffodil-flower-knitting-pattern.html

Knitted Arum Lily

Wallhangings and Faux finishes

Family of Hearts

Family of Hearts

OMG it is 23 January 2011 already! I have at last finished a 15 piece wall-hanging ‘A Family of Hearts’, the outside Faux stone arch in the courtyard, and a 9 piece wall-hanging ‘Autumn‘ .

small arch

I have also reworked 3 acrylic paintings ‘Urns‘ but they have not developed as expected. I have  struggled to reproduce some Celtic images onto canvas,  and tried out at 3-D embroidery, using household string. I am also in the midst of  planning a Ceramic Mosaic workshop for 4 people  to begin in  March.

String Embroidery

My inquiries into the BA Creative Arts Degree course with OCA have led me to work at finishing all outstanding projects (which number 17) so that I can start as soon as I  receive my first assignment in the post (5 days time).!

My journey with the OCA degree course are recorded in another blog http://minaret.blogspot.com/

Decorative December

This month is flying by faster than Santa’s reindeer’s! I have  been working on finishing a number of outstanding projects, this included a small outside faux stone arch and  also embellishing a wall-hanging Autumn.

Autumn 5

I have  added more appliquéd leaves, and  also used hand embroidery with woven roses and bullion knots. Then over Christmas I practised my stitches and using the theme of ‘Air’ from the Creative Every Day site I completed ‘My Bird’

My Bird

Xmas Candle

My creativity has also drifted like snow around the house with red and gold accents in nearly every room; out went the simple dough-made xmas decorations I bought in Mexico in 1998, that I used to I hang on my tree every year.

Through my  friend Julia, I met Aislinn Knight, who was on holiday on the island, she has a MA in Fine Arts from Aberystwyth university.

The Seven Seals Aislinn Knight

Our subsequent conversations has tugged at an idea. and one my mother has been nourishing. I have been researching the possibility of working on an on-line City & Guilds textile course. When I mentioned the idea to my husband he inquired ‘why not go for a higher qualification?’ Is there such a course available  online? So far I have not found anything. There is some appeal in working  towards a significant recognisable qualification.

Well, well well, I leafed through my July issue of The Artist magazine today and followed up an advert for the Open College of Arts based in the UK, and behold there is an online BA(Hons) Creative Arts degree that has textile components. I spent the next 3 hours reading everything I could and getting more and more excited about this idea, and then going so far as asking OCA how to matriculate!