Sunday, July 27, 2008

Playing With Wordle

I came across this website via In a Minute Ago. It is a fascinating on-line resource for creating word clouds from your own text. The size of the word reflects its frequency in the text and there are options for changing font, colours and layouts. I have had a little play with a long blog post from February and saved it in their gallery here. I could have a lot of fun with this. I see T-shirts, sketchbook covers using text from the notes inside and all sorts of things.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Some Finished Pieces

Most unusual for me but I have finished some pieces! With school holidays fast approaching I know there won't be much quiet time for creating wonderful things for a few weeks, so I have ignored the housework and got these done. They have gone through a few changes since the last pictures, with stitching added and bits torn off, and I have mounted them on canvas boards. Depending on how the hols go, I might persuade the children to join me in carrying out Cas's suggestion of pasting down all the left over bits and pieces in one giant random collage and then looking for interesting bits to work on. I'll let you know if it works.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Summer School (3)

Last batch of photos - these are the friendship ribbons we made on the last day. Each person took a length of sheer fabric and stitched our name on it. We went around the room taking rubbings of everyone else's names and gave each one a fragment from our scraps to attach next to our name on their ribbon. As we went to lunch for together for the last time, we hung all the ribbons over a banister and then each took our own home. Mine is now happily hanging from a beam in the store room so I see it every time I go to ferret around in the boxes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Summer School 2008 (2)

Second installment - some pictures of the work we did with Cas Holmes. Cas has described the workshop on her blog (see sidebar). From top - works in progress by Julie, WIP Daniela, various WIP laid out at the end of the day.

Next three pictures are my WIP.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Summer School Pictures - People

Just about sorted myself out after Summer School. More notes will follow about what we were doing but first of all some pictures. A couple of group shots taken while we were reviewing what we had done - I am not quite sure what was going on in the third one but there is an interesting mix of expressions.

Below - Daniela hard at work, Julie shows off her rosette, Sian admiring it.