Thursday, 7 January 2016

First Finish of the Year

I decided to keep tabs on the hours making this.  It has to be one of the most common questions asked, 'how long did it take', and I never truly know to be honest!   


Mind you it doesn't help that I'm a bit of a flitter never really staying with one particular piece in a single stretch.  


I had the Wrought Iron rod with ammonite finials made by Colleen Du Pon a Dorset blacksmith.

Isn't it lovely?

I'm quite pleased with how the parts merge.

The bottom part which has had a few airings on Facebook as it's grown.

I am toying with adding a few ammonites to the bottom edge to balance the ironwork at the top.  They're only dissolved paper again but visually they add weight. 

I will live with them pinned for a while.

Size it is 30 inches long with the fabric 11 inches wide and the hanger 15 inches.  In total it 38 hours plus Colleen's time on the ironwork.









13 comments:

  1. loved watching this piece develop. Your collaberation with Colleen was definitely worthwhile, and 'yes' like the bottom ammonites too.

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  2. It looks incredible, you're obviously very talented. The bottom ammonites are a good addition.

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  3. I wish I could photograph it better! There are so many layers in it its hard to see anyway.

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  4. This work is absolutely beautiful. I really like.

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  5. Lovely piece of work. Love the iron work too. Have you thought of having the coloured ammonites just peeking now and again off the bottom, rather than a row?

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    1. Thank you for liking the piece. Yes I did but they looked a little lost. Perhaps I could add a silk one peeking. I will see how it feel after a bit of living with it :-)
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  6. Lovely result. I think we're all guilty of not keeping track of making time, plus, of course, planning and designing time!

    Can I be honest and say that I prefer the piece without the row of ammonites on the bottom, they look to regiments for such an organic piece.

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  7. Sorry, that should have said 'regimented'

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  8. Flipping heck, a working week! that's a lot of work. At least you're doing it because you want to! And a great result!

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  9. I think you may be right about adding the Ammonites along the bottom especially considering your visable decorative rod (yes lovely!) . Such a serene piece. One could get lost in it for quite some time.

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  10. I love this piece, it flows beautifully and is so full of texture. I sort of agree with Maggi about the ammonites at the bottom looking regimented, but before I read her comment, my thought was that an odd number may look more natural, with more of a variation in size and placement.

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  11. Quite beautiful, it complements and is complimented by the iron rod. A shamed more makers do not log their hours (although after the one time I recorded hours on a quilt I swore never to do so again - it was three times longer than I thought!)

    Does raise the question of course, should you wish to sell your work and pay yourself more than minimum wage per hour, the difficulty of finding a gallery whose clients are prepared to pay for unique, individual pieces of art.

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  12. That is a beautiful piece of work. I totally agree with Jayne, your crafting time is never valued even creating something so original. People seem to assume that you get your reward in the pleasure of making.

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