Month: June 2014

Never forget.

We've been learning about the great famine. One can't ignore the fact that over one million people died at that time. Ultimately it changed Ireland and the world with death and mass migration. This statue needs no words but is visually powerful. I've just completed a quilt on hunger and I would have used this story had I known it previously. Just a poignant reminder of things we should never forget.

The Dingle Peninsular day – Ireland

  The morning came around far too fast.Is it really daylight? Yes, indeed it is. Exhausted, I fell back to sleep  and woke a short time later having dreamed a ridiculous dream that stayed with me all day!I was hoping for sunshine, but no, it was still raining and the light wasn't going to be good for photography or the expensive camera, so the small one was prepared.8.30 came and a group of horse and carriages arrived to take us on a journey (in the rain)It was a lot of fun, we laughed all the way, the driver, was a dab hand at creating the laughter with slick well rehearsed jokes but it was still funny.The following images are of that hour and a half trip and then the trip down into the Dingle peninsular. Fortunately for us the weather improved  and we were privy to some spectacular visions. Ive added a Gallery of beautiful images 

Killarney

The morning came around far too fast.Is it really daylight? Yes, indeed it is. Exhausted, I fell back to sleep  and woke a short time later having dreamed a ridiculous dream that stayed with me all day!I was hoping for sunshine, but no, it was still raining and the light wasn’t going to be good for photography or the expensive camera, so the small one was prepared.8.30 came and a group of horse and carriages arrived to take us on a journey (in the rain)It was a lot of fun, we laughed all the way, the driver, was a dab hand at creating the laughter with slick well rehearsed jokes but it was still funny.The following images are of that hour and a half trip and then the trip down into the Dingle peninsular. Fortunately for us the weather improved  and we were privy to some spectacular visions. As you can tell, these were shot from inside the bus!!! I was captured by our bus driver practicing with …

Christ Church Tiles

This is the link for the images of the tiles in Christ Church Good morning all. The day has dawned sunny and bright, streaming through my window around 4.00 am. The internet in my room  is too slow to do the blogs, so it means showering and dressing and coming down to the lobby for coffee and good cyber stuff. I don't think they would appreciate me in my jamas. I've added a link to the images of the tiles in Christ Church. Its difficult to put them in an easy format in this blog, and I want to share a number so click on the link above and you will have access to them. I've had no chance to design anything yet, but it will happen some time on this trip.   You might be interested in the way they are made. Encaustic tiles are ceramic tiles in which the pattern or figure on the surface is not a product of the glaze but of different colors of clay. They are usually of two colors but …

The tiles of Christ Church in Dublin.

As requested I’ve added a library of photos of the tiles in Christ Church Dublin.They are rather hard to photograph due to low light and the reflection of light on the tiles. If I had my fancy flash with me I cold have done better, but they give you an idea of the wonderful patterns presented.

Drawing, Dreaming and designing a quilt.

It's not hard to be inspired by travel, however, its difficult to find the time and inclination to put all the ideas into a format for future reference. I use a mac, and I use a storage app that captures the information I want to keep. Its called Wunderlist. but I know there are many others. Of course my photos are the main inspiration. And they are stored in my computer. From the photos I create designs, and sometimes whimsical illustrations which become quilt. On a recent visit to Winchester Cathedral I photographed the floor tiles. These gorgeous 13th century floor tiles, their rich colors still glowing, form part of the largest surviving spread of medieval decorated floor tiles inside any building in England. You can see the tiles where they were first laid, and even walk on them, in the Retrochoir at the far end of the Cathedral. My friend created this block by sun dying the image onto fabric and then stitching the blocks, it looked wonderful.     So I took this pattern and …

Images of the streets of Dublin

On a visit to the city of Dublin yesterday,   decided to concentrate  on photographing the street artists. Musicians, artists and performers. This building is interesting although it looks quite old it was actually built in 1988. Its rather an imposing building. This is the first time I’ve seen groups of people standing as statues for money. One wonders how they make a living, most people just wanted to photograph them. This young man was a san carver, the dog was so realistic. He worked for hours and then picked up the sand and walked away. As he constructed the dog it appeared as if he was patting it rather than creating. Someone was blowing huge bubbles, I was lucky enough to capture them on camera. This young man and girl were wonderful. Such talent for the cost of a coin.

King Johns House.

Located in one of Romsey’s oldest thoroughfares, Romsey Heritage Centre encompasses three buildings that contain 750 years of history.I adore the garden and I went back yesterday morning to photograph while the weather was fine.Dating from the 13th Century, King John’s House was once the main building in a major medieval complex. Visitors can see many early features, including the roof timbers, graffiti cut into the medieval plaster and a rare bone floor.The Tudor cottage is a late Tudor/early Jacobean timber-framed house. Gay tells me the  gardens are tended by volunteers.I think they are delightful, just sitting in the sun on a cool sunny day surrounded by the garden.Wonderful.