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My fourth year of being in the North Wales Helfa Gelf Open Studio. Was open last week and had a lot of very nice people visiting my studio.

Studio Open tomorrow 11am – 5pm.

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Studio view

Studio view

One of my Textile Art pictures with cards and commission work.

One of my Textile Art pictures with cards and commission work.

My Helenium Textile Art and cushion designs.

My Helenium Textile Art and cushion designs.

Helenium Textile Art

Helenium Textile Art

Dahlia, Echinaecea and Wild Garlic Cushion

Dahlia, Echinaecea and Wild Garlic Cushion

Blue Geranium, Sunflower and Cornish Wild flower Cushions.

Blue Geranium, Sunflower and Cornish Wild flower Cushions.

Badger and White rose cushions

Badger and White rose cushions

Other cushions including Amarylis, Artichoke and Pink Geranium.

Other cushions including Amarylis, Artichoke and Pink Geranium.

Spent a very enjoyable weekend meeting the general public who visited my own ‘Helfa Gelf’ Open Studio Event. This was part of the annual event held all over North Wales, which has now been running for ten years. It gives the public a wonderful insight into where the artists do their work and to meet them personally. (for more information – Helfa Gelf Open Studios)

I have been involved in the Open Studio Event now for four years and thoroughly enjoy showing people my textile art and cushion designs, as well as explaining the processes involved with painting with thickened dyes onto fabric and adding free machine embroidery. Much of my inspiration is from nature and especially my own photography where I love taking pictures of flowers and landscape.

You can see more of my work at www.vickywilliams.net

My cushions and textile art can be purchased at present by contacting me personally and I also welcome commission work.                       Email : vicky.williams@tesco.net

Finished doggy textile art

Finished doggy textile art

Glad to say that the two Yorkshire terrier textile art images on a calico bag have been completed and very pleased to say that the new owner loves it!

Close up of one of the dogs

Close up of one of the dogs

As you can see, I painted the base colour with my usual thickened dyes, then added further texture with free machine embroidery using MANY different colour threads.

On to my next project which is the Poppy Textile Art picture, hopefully ready for my Open Studio Day over two days with Helfa Gelf, here in North Wales.

I will be opening on September 5th and 6th.

Lizard Poppies

Lizard Poppies

Sorry for being quiet for so long! I could make plenty of excuses but really, I’ve been enjoying the summer here in Great Britain and celebrating events with my family! Very proud to say that both my twins Katy and Jack passed their Honours Degrees this summer and we have already enjoyed Katy’s Graduation.

Now it’s back to business as I must start a new Textile Art picture in readiness for showing at my Open Studio Event, over the weekend of 5th/6th September. (www.helfagelf.co.uk).

I am very interested with using one of the images I took whilst holidaying in lovely Cornwall. At the beginning of a beautiful walk from Lizard to Kynance Cove, on the look out for interesting flowers, I found these lovely poppies growing in a hedge.(see image above) I think they will give me plenty of colour, detail and layers as a starting point to produce another picture.

I am going to experiment with using a beautiful cream thick silk as my base fabric, which I will draw my image then paint it with thickened dyes.

I’ll show you the processes as I go on.

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I am a member of the’Helfa Gelf’ Open Studio Project (http://www.helfagelf.co.uk) here in North Wales, which every September offers the general public the unique insight into artists and craft peoples working environments and a chance to see their work in close up.  

This is my second year of participating and I have just exhibited for my first full weekend. I’ve worked very hard towards completing new textile art pictures and more cushions, as well as designs on bags and covers for diaries etc. which I am showing in my ‘studio’ (which is my conservatory). I paint the designs using thickened dyes, then free machine embroider over the top.

So far, I’ve had some very interested people coming around to my home, and am going be opening next weekend as well.

Thanks to all who visited as it was lovely to hear all the lovely, inspiring comments but hopefully the weather will be a lot friendlier next week!

Have a look at my website to see more of my work. http://www.vickywilliams.net. I am always interested in taking on `Commission work.

 

 

More Textile Art in progress!

Been very busy preparing more of my textile art with thickened dyes. Really pleased, as need to do as much work as possible towards the ‘Helfa Gelf’ ‘Open Art Studios’ that I am involved with
to be held in September.

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Already met some lovely people, who were really interested in my work!

 

 

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Photo shows my present textile artwork in process, after being hung on the washing line to dry. The thickened dyes have been set by ironing for five minutes and then have to be dried. Hopefully this work will be ready for the Helfa Gelf Artist Trail, where people can view your work in your home in North Wales. This is taking place in mid September!!!