Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Terry Miles Live, a real treat

It's nice to go away, and nice to come back home. Yes, some of you have noticed that I was at Terry Miles and family live stream on yooootooob on Tuesday night at the Tamworth Tap. There was some serious piano bashing going on and we all got a real treat. Terry on piano and vocals, Anthony on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and piano, Elsie on vocals and piano, as well as doing most of the filming, and Terry's dad on vocals and guitar. What a talented family they are. A large crowd of fans and supporters gathered for an entertaining evening. A few photo's.

I have been following Terry for some time now. When a new video pops up I get myself a coffee and watch it. I am always amazed at his energy and enthusiasm for bashing out a good tune.

Terry's brother Anthony is also talented and has his own yooootooob channel under the name of Acoustic Milestone. He can provide live acoustic music for all occasions.

Time to relax at the end of the show. Although I went on my own, I came away with some new found friends. The whole family are smashing. I had a brilliant time.

I did a couple of short videos with my camera, I will upload them to yoootooob tomorrow. In the meantime, here is the video which they shot of the whole event, filmed mainly by Elsie, but with Terry taking over when she was giving us a song at the piano. It's almost two hours long.

I stayed at the Travelodge in Tamworth which is five minutes walk to the pub, so that was convenient. I managed to drink a pint and a half of cherry cider which was delicious, but decided to stop at that, didn't want to get a fuzzy head. I combined this trip with visiting my Auntie Pat, and sister, at Burton upon Trent. It all worked out really well. Very enjoyable.
Toodle pip.  ilona

Monday, 17 February 2020

And another one.

Assemblage number two. This time touched up with silver metallic. 

Silver or gold, which is best.
On the back I have stuck a map of London. Wire to hang them.

I might do another of these if I come across the right size box. Still got plenty of bits and bobs left. Moving on, what's next. 
I have just got round to trying out my little Samsung Netbook, now with Windows 10 installed. It looks much the same as the format on the big computer. Luckily Keith has managed to transfer all the Windows 7 data across, so I'm ready to go. Cheaper than buying a new computer. Get someone who knows what they are doing. 
Toodle pip.  ilona

Albert and Harold

You can't beat a bit of Steptoe and Son on a Monday morning. A good old belly laugh sets me up for the day. Note the string vest, the hole in the sock, and the ton of unhealthy great British breakfast. Ha ha. Brilliant.

Now I'm off to Crafty Club. Toodle pip.  ilona

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Another string. . . . . . . .

And the storms continue. Wind and sideways rain outside. Looking at the weather reports some parts of the country are going through hell. Not much disruption here at the moment, but I feel sorry for those over the other side of the country, the Midlands and Wales. Yorkshire is suffering pretty badly again, especially around Hebden Bridge area. The flood defences have let them down, so sad. 
Yesterday I was taking part in a workshop at 20 21 Arts centre. I learnt the basics of Shibori, where you stitch into the fabric, then dye it. These three samples are what the tutor did to give us ideas for the pattern we might like to make. 
We were all given a piece of white cotton fabric, and I decided to stitch simple leaf shapes into it. You need lots of short pieces of cotton, start off on one side of the design, running stitches all going the same way, and leaving loose ends so they can be gathered up and pulled tight. 
This is mine, all pulled tight, don't cut the loose ends off.

Then it goes into a bucket of water for ten minutes for a good soaking, then transferred to a bucket of dye, and lifted out after two minutes. Some of the ladies did an exercise of folding another piece of fabric into squares and dying that. I skipped that bit.

We took our pieces home and left them to dry. This morning I removed all the threads, washed it in a bowl of water, and dried and ironed it. This is the result. I quite like the look of it. 

I enjoyed doing this, a nice way to spend a rainy Saturday, and I have learnt something new. Looking down the list of workshops on offer, I spotted another one that I might like. Re purposing vintage textile items, could be good, so I booked myself a place. 
It's looking like it might have stopped raining, I need to get outside the back door and cut my hair. 
Toodle pip.  ilona

Friday, 14 February 2020

Boogie Woogie rules, OK.

My mum was a big fan of Liberace, at the time I didn't take much notice, being the stroppy teenager that I was. Rock and roll and sixties was my thing. But hey, I have found Liberace on yooootoooob, and now I am a big fan as well. My goodness that man was brilliant, and what a showman with a great sense of humour.

I've watched some interviews and documentaries, and now I'm going to look for his books at the library.

Here he is performing his Boogie Woogie routine which became his signature tune. Don't forget to shout HEY at the appropriate times. He was full of fun and loved to entertain his audience.

And now for some good news, I've just organised a little jolly, I'm going to see Terry Miles play live, how exciting is that. Keep watching his channel, he may be coming to a pub near you. 
Toodle pip.  ilona

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Very strange exhibition.

The exhibition at 20 21 Arts centre is very colourful, but I haven't the faintest idea what it's all about. It's called True to Size, and it's by Heather Phillipson. She mixes images, noises, objects, languages, and bodies. In 2016 it was at Plymouth Arts Centre, and here's what they said about it. I've read their whole report and still don't get it, so I give up. 
Each installation in TRUE TO SIZE is dominated by an oversized, human scale, teddy bear, in a scenario composed of cardboard cut-out images and vibrant rainbow motifs, with video monitors attached to the teddy bears’ faces. Each short video combines a monologue with surreal and colourful collages of emoji imagery, subverting our notions of playfulness and innocence. Phillipson’s monologues explore aspects of contemporary life: ecology and climate change; self-mutilation and fitness / dieting – the body beautiful. Each aspect represents a crisis for the human body. The impact is then explored by layering sound, image and sculpture – with each installation bleeding into its neighbour. You catch fragments of a sentence, an image on a screen, but it is all fleeting. This is deliberate – nothing is allowed to settle, but instead meanings pile into each other. It is initially confusing and disorientating, but as the images and sounds begin to merge, they create a space where all possibilities are equally valid.

Not a lot more I can say about that. Perhaps you can see something that I have missed.

I was in town today to go to the Bank and Post Office, to pay a bill and car tax. Then I picked up some cat food from the market, and went to the new Aldi close to the motorway and next to Tesco. The store is much the same as the smaller one, just on a bigger scale. I was curious to see what it is like. I won't be going too often because the town one is handier for me.

I got a few yellow stickers from Tesco, but was too early for the final reductions. The shelves were stacked high with food going out of date, a few people later are going to get plenty of bargains.

While I was in 20 21 today I booked a place on a workshop. It's about Stitched Shibori, and the tutor is Carol-Ann Allan. Here is the blurb from her web site. Looks interesting.
Can't copy and paste, it's not working. details of the workshop is on her workshop page. ilona

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

New Steam Punk Assemblage.

I am mighty pleased with my first Steam Punk assemblage, it has turned out better than I thought it would. I kept adding bits until I thought there was enough. This layering lark confuses me sometimes, with any art that requires several layers to give it texture, I find it rather odd that the more you layer, things underneath get covered. I watch videos of making journals and want to yell at the screen, for goodness sake stop, you have enough. 
See previous post to see how I started this. A flattish wooden box, not very deep. I painted it with a mixture of black acrylic and PVA glue. Added lace and fabric for texture. Arranged all the pieces, then used a hot glue gun to stick them down. Added more pieces twice more to fill the gaps. Then paint the whole lot again with black acrylic and PVA, watered down a bit so it would run into all the crevices. 
Luckily I had some gold metallic paint, rescued from the tip when I helped clear out Aunties house. A waft over with an old brush, more like a light dusting. Now it looks like it's rusting metal which is the look I was after. 
Have a closer look and see if you can recognise some of the components. The letter I is covered with tangled cotton thread.

There's plastic bits from children's toys and games. Tiny light bulb. Centre spool from a music tape.

Syringe used to measure cat's medication. Christmas cake decorations.

Butterfly was a broken plastic hair clip.

Circle is an upturned milk bottle top with a bead in the centre and small electrical parts.

Buttons and broken jewellery.

Tiny beads. 

And there you have it. The mottled rusty look goes over the edges onto the sides as well. All there is left to do is cover the back and add a wire for hanging. I'm making a second one now. It's thanks to Ina's video on yooootooob for the idea. 
The weather is still unpredictable today, Half an hour ago it went dark and started snowing, now it's sunshining, but still very windy. I will pop to the mobile library this afternoon in between showers. 
Toodle pip.  ilona

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Making art with bits and bobs.

We've had lashings of rain, and winds strong enough to take the roof of a house. Luckily the roof on my summerhouse is still attached. I went outside to check it, just the once, flower pots blown over, my home made wooden tree blown over, but everything else ok. The cats have been inside all day, clever cats. 
Looking at the news, some folks have had a terrible time, I feel sorry for those who have been flooded again. The Humber Bridge has been closed to all traffic, no one allowed to cross at all. It's only the second time that has happened since it has been open. Trees have come down locally. I think it has calmed down a bit now, thank goodness.  
So I have started on another project. I saw a video on assemblage and thought I would have a go. My friend gave me a flattish wooden case, I removed the handle, hinges, and fasteners, to split the top and bottom. You are supposed to use black Gesso to cover it and to add texture with scraps of fabric and paper. I haven't got any so I mixed PVA glue with black acrylic paint. 
Then you stick down any bits and bobs you have lying around. Here is my collection, I used the hot glue gun for this. They are stuck fast in a matter of seconds. 
Next you paint over everything. After I did this I thought I would add more bits and bobs because it didn't look full enough. I had to remove that square knobbly thing on the right because it hadn't stuck down properly, and wasn't taking the paint. In it's place I put a key and some small beads.

When painting over this I added even more bits and bobs. It's supposed to have lots of texture. The next stage is more painting, in metallic colours. I'll do that tomorrow. I have started on the second one because I mixed too much paint and PVA, so I thought I would use it up.

If you want to have a go at this, here is a video. Easy to follow, very well explained.

Looking at Ina's video, I think I need to add even more bits and bobs.
Bye for now. Toodle pip.  ilona

Friday, 7 February 2020

Walking in the Yorkshire Wolds with Vicki

The weather didn't look too promising when I set off at 9am this morning to go to Market Weighton and meet up with Vicki, one of our Walking Group members. I couldn't see the Humber Bridge for the fog, until I got close to it. As I was going over it I couldn't see the water below.  
We met as planned and set off for a walk, Vicki leading the way, she had the map. We took the Yorkshire Wolds Way, an old railway track, out of the town, which is a regular route for dog walkers, 
Eventually the fog lifted and in the afternoon it became quite bright. Two walkers going the other way. 
Walking through a farmyard we came across this lovely tractor, well I thought it was lovely anyway. The farmer came walking by so I quizzed him about it. I would love to have a drive of it, but had to make do with a photo session.

The Wolds around here are lovely, gentle rolling hills, not too strenuous. This is the church at Sancton, it has a very unusual octagonal tower. We tried the door to take a look inside, but sadly it was locked.

We crossed the main road at Sancton and went down a tarmac road past Houghton Hall. I rather liked the look of this tree with all it's lower branches gone. By now the weather had greatly improved and we were walking in brilliant sunshine.  
We came back into Market Weighton and I couldn't resist taking this picture of Granville's general store. It reminds me of David Jason and his character Granville from the TV comedy, Open All Hours.

We finished at about 3.30pm. A lovely walk, and a catch up chat, in fact we never stopped talking. We plan to do it again sometime, maybe in the summer. Nine miles today to add to the total. 
Toodle pip.  ilona

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Scrapstore visit.

I'm a bit late in getting this out tonight, all because I had to watch Terry Miles, Brendan, and Anthony, along with another brilliant pianist Ben Toury, who came over from France to join the session at St Pancras. All Terry fans go onto yoootooob and look for the live stream they did today, be warned though it is an hour and twenty minutes long, but if you are addicted like me, you just got to watch it all. I thought Terry and Brendan were amazingly good, but Ben is something else. That lad has the makings of a long career in music. 
The reason I didn't watch it earlier was because I have been out most of the day. This morning I went to the Scrapstore at Hull. They started a new Chat and Craft group so I went to show my support. We did some decoupage, I haven't done this before so something else for me to learn. I quite enjoyed it, now I want to decorate everything I can get my hands on. 
My first effort, a small box. Although I am not a fan of using glue, don't want to get my fingers sticky, this can be done by picking up the bits of paper with a brush.

I picked up a bargain at the Scrapstore, found a double bed quilt, it has pink flowers and a pink frill around the edge. It was only £5, fantastic.

From there I went to pick up my Samsung Netbook from Keith the computer fixer upper. He has given it a good going over, and installed Windows 10. I won't have time to try it until Saturday because I am busy again tomorrow.

On the way back I popped into 20 21 Arts Centre to see a new exhibition, and have a natter of course. Then pick up a few things from Aldi. Had run out of porridge oats, needed some more. Also the car needed petrol, there is a garage further along the road.

That's it for now, I am starting to yawn. Toodle pip.  ilona

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Eight Sunflowers. Finished

Here it is, finally finished. Hadn't thought of a name, but I think Sunflowers will do the job. I decided on a wall hanging rather than put it in a frame. I quite like the look of the loops with a bar through them. 
I was going to put a sun in the top right hand side, and a tree on the left with the branches reaching out across the centre but decided against that because it would cover too much of the background. I have some yellow cord found at the Scrapstore, matching perfectly the yellow fabric. Playing around with it, do I make a sort of tree, or something else. 
I think that looks ok. The background is still visible, with the flowers being a focal feature.

Finally stitched on. The flowers are Suffolk Puffs. The stalks are couched on.

I put a dark blue backing on it. A piece of fabric bigger than the picture and folded around the front to make a border, and machined down to enclose the raw edges of the picture. At that point I put some random  stitches through from the front to the back, hidden in the original embroidery, to hold the two pieces flat and stop them separating. Then I put a second back on it to cover up the extra stitching. 
I have used a wooden dowel wrapped in yellow wool, to hang it.

The second back was hand stitched on.

Here is a video with a bit more information. 

I am pleased with it. Now making a start on something else, my head is bursting with ideas. 
Small computer has gone to the hospital. I'm hoping Keith my computer man can wipe it clean and install Windows 10. Keeping my fingers crossed that he can sort it out. 
Heidi kittycat is making good progress, she has more energy, goes outside more now, it looks like her poorly tummy is better. 
Thanks for popping in. Bye for now. Toodle pip.  ilona