Punch & Judy: Half a Pound of Sausages

Punch & Judy: Half a Pound of Sausages

This is a little teaser ahead of the Pack of Wolves Punch & Judy performance at Milkwood Gallery on Saturday 2 March 2013.

The show will be performed in the tradition of the classic Punch & Judy performances of old. The various episodes of the show will provoke shocked laughter and will be dominated by the anarchic clowning of Mr. Punch.

Milkwood Gallery will be open from 6.00pm on Saturday the 2 March 2013 with the Punch & Judy show and a Jabberwocky shadow puppet show being performed at approximately 7.00pm.

The ‘Once Upon Again’ exhibition continues until the 9 March 2013.

Practicing making shadow puppets for Saturday night

Practicing making shadow puppets for Saturday night #fb via Instagram February 27, 2013 at 08:19PM

Just installed an embryo @MilkwoodGallery

Just installed an embryo @MilkwoodGallery #fb via Instagram February 26, 2013 at 04:17PM

Installing the @thePackOfWolves exhibition at Milkwood gallery today

Installing the @thePackOfWolves exhibition at Milkwood gallery today #fb via Instagram February 26, 2013 at 02:19PM

Animated Embroidery

Animated Embroidery

I’m a little late blogging this animated embroidery as it was uploaded for Valentines day last week. This video was put together by Etsy and features textile art by Megan Whitmarsh, music by Becky Stark & Peter Glantz and animation by Matthew Salata.

I like the idea of animating embroidery. This approach id different to that of Aubrey Longley-Cook who greated animated gifs from a series of prgressive embroideries.

It’s something I’m keen to have a go at myself, particularly with my unicorn embroideries. Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day at the moment though.

A Walk in the Secret Garden

A Walk in the Secret Garden by Nell's Embroidery

A Walk in the Secret Garden by Nell's Embroidery

A Walk in the Secret Garden

A Walk in the Secret Garden are a pair of machine and hand embroidered shoes created by textile artist Nell Burns of Nell’s Embroidery.

These shoes, inspired by the book ‘The Secret Garden’ really are exquisite. They have been created through a process of freestyle machine embroidery and hand embellishment. You can see some of the detailing on Nell’s Flickr photo stream here. The surface of the shoes have been painted with thread incorporating grasses, flowers, and little squirrel amongst other things in the detailing.

I was particularly delighted to stumble across this work inspired by the children’s book as I have recently been working on an embroidery inspired by the Russian folk tale ‘Baba Yaga’ which I hope to be able to unveil next week. It’s nice to see that other stitch artists are finding inspiration in old literature too.

You can view more of Nell’s work on her website – www.nellsembroidery.com

Star Sailor Sampler

Star Sailor Sampler by Spike Dennis & Layla Holzer

Star Sailor Sampler

This star sailor sampler is a a little test piece that I worked on with fairy tale illustrator Layla Holzer with a view to undertaking some collaborative work. The piece is inspired by a fairy tale that Layla wrote.

Layla has painted the scene out in gouache on linen. I’ve then embellished the painting with embroidered elements such as the moon and stars as well as the text.

Although it needs a little refinement I think we’re both happy with the outcome of this test piece.