We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

On my way - Jean has made a start........

So where am I at?   
 I now have more time .....it is fair to say I am keen to work with more of what I call my 'raw' work - the experimental stuff I have played with - rather than  more predictable stuff. I am  working on some free pieces based on the village where I live - not that many houses, but five farms - one of the farms in the centre of the village is selling off the barns for redevelopment as they are rather dilapidated. I am  using these barns as my source for some textiles pieces. It was inevitable that these barns would be lost as farm buildings given the state they were in so I want to record something of them in my own particular way.

 I am using the peeling paintwork of an aged and swollen barn door as a starting point for my first piece.

I have played around a range of different techniques to create the effect of peeling paint including using painted  fusible web  which was then distressed and also  thickened dyes over a wax resist. 

I have tried  using chiffon and organza over the fusible web and used various waddings and directional  quilting to replicate the swollen grain of the aged wood.

As ever some samples were more successful than others but I have enough to go on now to develop my ideas further for probably a small series of two or three pieces based on this starting point.
 Hope to be able to get a piece finished over the next week .
Jean Marshall



  1. Great work Jean! I love the colours and you seem to be getting the right textures as well, very rich. It's a good idea to use this for a series.

  2. Great! Another one who loves old buildings. I love the effects you got.

  3. Looks like a lot of fun ... and mess ... was had during the making of these samples. Can't wait to see the end results!

  4. I agree with Laura, the colors are very rich. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Isn't it fun to just play!