land kissed by salt…

August 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have been on the Isles of Scilly for 10 days, listening to the Rough Island Band, swimming in the sea in various states of sobriety, going for long lazy walks, talking to old friends, and generally having a wonderful time. I knitted a lot, and sketched a bit.

The title of this post, by the way, is from Esta Spalding’s poem August, which I’ve mentioned on here before in this post here.┬áIt is beautiful. The whole sequence is here, and I recommend it.


illustration friday: freeze

August 15, 2012 § 5 Comments

It feels strange doing wintry drawing in the middle of summer. This is Snegurochka, a character from Russian folklore. She is the child of Winter and Spring, and is given to childless human parents who look after her until she falls in love, and melts. Cheerful stuff. I wonder if she inspired Carol Anne Duffy’s the duke of fire and the duchess of ice?


wabi sabi

August 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been interested in the idea of wabi sabi for a long time. I’ve also been darning a carpet by hand recently. Both these things have made me think about the importance of repair; there is something very lovely about objects that have been touched, used, mended and used some more. I like the idea of beauty as a state that encompasses transience, decay and imperfection. It’s warmer and more appealing than beauty that relies on things being symmetrical, pristine, unscathed (not to mention easier to live with!).

Anyway, here are some pictures. Top to bottom, they are a nearly-worn-out tape-measure I stole from my dad’s treadle sewing machine, the aforementioned carpet (I had an accident with it, a craft knife, and a too-small cutting mat. I should stop working on the floor.), and a cushion made from antique Indian fabric patched by my granny and darned by me using hand-spun wool and shop-bought cotton.


August 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Paper-cut monogram for two dear friends who got married on Saturday. I enjoyed playing around with their initials to find a fluid combination, and I especially enjoyed sitting peacefully and working on something that wasn’t related to moving house, writing essays, or reading academic textbooks!

The border is heavily influenced by the beautiful illustrations of Catherine Campbell, and by the appliqued wreaths on Baltimore album quilts (examples here and here).

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