Author: Lesley Brankin

Creating a Resource Library

Earlier this summer I joined a free online project called #the100dayproject. The idea was to create ‘something’ every day for 100 days – this could be in any creative discipline or indeed several, the choice being purely personal.

I decided to spend time exploring my love of the simple mark and seeing where the journey might take me. To avoid the potential to over commit on my time I opted to work at a relatively small scale – creating a postcard sized piece of art per day seemed feasible.

Over the months I painted, drew, printed, stitched and even felted at least one daily piece of work. It soon dawned on me that even working at postcard size this was going to add up to quite a volume of working that this had the potential to become the basis of a valuable reference resource. So how best to store everything?

‘Google is your friend’ came up with a potential solution – little flip albums in which I could file art least one sample piece from each day’s work. Following the excellent instructions by Gina Ferrari, I duly made two albums (followed by two more, a further one and then a final two). These proved perfect for storing my little art pieces as the artwork could easily be slotted into, and taken out of, the album.

As the textile based pieces were generally too thick to house in the albums I created an alternative concertina style folder (from old manilla envelopes) for them. This is useful but not so photogenic so I may revisit this option later.

At the end of the 100 days I had a great little library of books containing a very wide range of work. Something to be proud of and, in due course, which will hopefully spark more ideas.

New Challenges, New Beginnings

Welcome to my new look blog and
apologies to anyone who was wondering where I have been.

2020 has seen a lot of changes for many people, myself included. Having developed an allergy to cotton lint (far from ideal for a textile/quilt artist) I have spent much of the Covid induced lockdown period experimenting.

Days with no prescribed agenda permitted me to embrace the ‘inner artist’ and to try out many different ideas, techniques and media; some perhaps more successfully than others. Sketching, painting and printing all featured but I also turned my hand to tapestry weaving and felting (working with wool seems to be ok). I have undertook online challenges, subscribed to workshops, and watched a variety of YouTube videos, resulting in a plethora of paintings, a library of mini artists books, and even a collection of mixed media challenge tags. The latter serve no real purpose but were fun to make.

Lots of things excited me and some simply frustrated, but the one thing that stood out is my ongoing love of the ‘simple mark’ – that is intuitive lines and shapes, made, using simple tools and limited materials. But more about this and where it might lead at a future date.