Saturday, 26 October 2013

Turn a stone, nature leaves its imprint.

For me as an artist I am constantly inspired with what I see everyday in the natural world, whether this be flora and fauna, old discarded buildings, shadows or raindrops. 
It is these, delicate subtle marks that embody my work.

Artist Books have become an important part of my fine art language; they enable me to express my work as a metaphor for the written page.

Mine Sky

Towards Heaven

The old mine, I see echoed in the man made the other natural.


The Framed View

I see inspiration in the shadows, the old arches that frame a view.

The old arch window of the mine becomes the inspiration for mark making.

Lichen on rocks

Stones under the water

Beautiful marks and textures are abstracted.

Wax on tissue stitch

So dear friends what inspires you? I would love to hear from you.

Love Marilyn.  

Sunday, 13 October 2013

 Sometimes in life we experience the most amazing discoveries. Such a discovery came my way in the form of an old, rather dilapidated photograph album, found on the floor of my elderly parents shed. There were old fragmented books and various boxes all in a state of decay....... Mum explained, the album was all that was left of her life in Germany, it contained images of the past, her family, Nazi Germany there was also her camera. I salvaged what fragments and photos I could, along with a diary that mum had kept......documenting her experiences of Berlin during 1945/46. This was the start of an installation piece of work I made.

The old photo album was displayed 

These are some of the images of Berlin that mum took on her camera

I wanted to convey the these photos as living memories still active to my mum

The photos flew down into hands that I had made using Resin, inside I had stitched the words of the German/Jewish poet Paul Celan

 "Sewn Under the Skin of my hands"

For my mother these memories and experiences have never faded they are metaphorically speaking sewn into the very fabric of her being.

I also hand stitched her portrait 

Until next time ........Marilyn xx

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

My very first blog post!

Sharing art is a passion of mine......making art is my salvation!

I have always been a maker of things, as a young girl I liked nothing better than to be sewing or reading. I loved my mothers mending and button box.....such wonderful treasures were hidden inside.

Today I make my own treasures.....I have a passion for creating artist books

I love to create with stitch and cloth

I have discovered a passion for Eco-Dyeing and have spent the last few months experimenting, it has been a journey of discovery and a healing of my soul.