I've spent a lot of time drawing in sketchbooks over the past year ~ collecting ideas and interepreting them in line. I know I will go back to working with colour but I'm finding the focus of working just in black and white helpful.
I've moved out of my sketchbooks onto watercolour paper with black gouache and lovely brushes. And I am recomposing some of my ink drawings in photoshop.
They are the usual cluttered chaos of most of my work. I'm okay about that. I don't know exactly where all this is leading. Sometimes this makes me nervous. But sometimes the limitation of no colour just makes me want to draw compulsively and not worry about it.
I Carry on in ceramics but I'm having a lot of kiln room disappointments at the moment. That's how it goes though.
I spend a lot of time drawing from old embroideries in my sketchbooks.
I love the combination of embroidery, crochet and lace making on this tablecloth(?). This was part of an exhibition of traditonal handwork at L'augille on fait in Paris a couple of years ago.
More lion love. No one can afford him on ebay, but there he sits waiting.
Flower vase by Jenny Mendes.
Cup O'the Month for June was made by Daphne Carnegy. Daphne has a new book about tin glazed earthenware Maiolica out now and she will be my tutor next year. I'm delighted with my lemon mug and glad to say that it and all my precious cup collection survived the flood, although not much else in my kitchen did. They were in a special place, being special, loved and lucky.