My trips to the beach here are really inspiring my creativity – I love the colours and the textures and the dynamic, changing scenery. The shoreline is a shifting, liminal place where sea and land mix in a strange point of exhilaration. Where we live, above the great Chesil Bank, we have heard the turn and tow for nights now as the pebbles are tossed in the big waves. Yesterday in particular was a very rough day, with high winds and great big seas, so the effect this morning was to clean the shingle down to a smooth grit, easier for walking on and for collecting sea glass, my favourite find, though they are worn down tiny here at this end of the Chesil, so you have to watch out carefully! There are several cairns of flotsam along Cogden Beach, or what I prefer to think of as shrines, one even has a white processional way set into the shingle leading up to it. I did some repairs to this one, and noticed that a couple further down the beach were doing the same, following some strange primordial instinct.
So here’s my latest work, I am very pleased with it, its worked out better than expected and now I want to make more pebble pieces – other ideas are embroidered pebble dolls, embellished patterned fabrics, encrusted calico. They are a fiddle but at the same time a joy to make, highly textured and completely covered with french knots using experimental Stef Francis threads, which are completely beautiful – this is a 3 pack of stranded cotton, space dyed linen and a slippy, silky rayon which I really mixed up the space dying to get
random effects, then backed onto wool felt ‘sleeves’. They take many hours and use some fairly complex techniques, I will get around to posting up a tutorial when I make a few more – these are samples for workshop ideas so I hope that my clients like them!