Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year...new paths to explore...

First of all, I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year...

...and I hope that everyone has a creative time in 2012!

Well...2011 was quite a year for me...

...with lots of wonderful and amazing things happening...

...and opportunities presenting themselves around every corner :-)

There were also some health issues lurking around in the background...

...but, hopefully, we'll be over them soon.


2012 is getting me all excited already!

There are so many things that I have lined-up to do...

...new products to get out there...

...a new body of work to be done (a lot larger than I've done before too!)...

...and new paths to explore.

Those of you that have been visiting for a while will know that I have a fascination for all things "tribal" and "traditional"...

....and this is set to continue, but with visits to places hitherto not visited.

Here are a few pages I'm working on in a "re-purposed book"...

...an old copy of "When Jays Fly to Barbmo"...

..with pages glued together, covered in gesso and then tinted with walnut ink.

The edges of each page has been whip-stitched with hand-dyed thread.

A suitable book for a study of Sami drums...

... with bits of mythology and poetry too...







I've no idea whether any of these will ever end up as a textile....

..or anything else...

...I'm just enjoying the journey....

12 comments:

Eva said...

A very happy and prosperous New Year to you!
These drawings are very impressive. The Shaman Tree. In some Siberian languages, it is called "Simsala" which reminds me of the spell "simsalabim", as we say for "hey presto!" Coincidence?

ArtPropelled said...

Chris your altered book looks lovely and a great direction for 2012. It's wonderful to feel your enthusiasm for the new year. All the best!

Chris Gray said...

Probably no coincidence Eva. A lot of our customs and sayings have their roots in pre-Christian soil. Luckily the Church didn't succeed in completely obliterating it all!

Thanks Robyn....2012 may well be a year of different journeys and directions, and will be all the more exciting because of them :-)

A Happy New Year to you both.

jude said...

hove a good year

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Jude...you have a good one too!

Sweetpea said...

I've no doubt, Chris, that your paths are going to lead you to some very exciting (creative!) places...may you enjoy every step of 2012 and many thanks for letting us see where you go ;>}
Christi

deanna7trees said...

wishing you fun and excitement and good health for the new year.

CAROLYN SAXBY said...

Happy new year lovely lady ... hope all your dreams and plans come true!

xx

Penny Berens said...

Love altered books and oh, yes, those are bound to end up in your work...you won't be able to resist!
A fantabulous year to you Chris.

JP said...

so glad everything is feeling good for you - love the pages

underatopazsky said...

Doesn't matter where they end up - they are lovely. Have a wonderful 2012!

Chris Gray said...

Thanks to everyone who calls by here.

I really appreciate your company and comments, and I'm happy that I have the opportunity to share things with you.

I hope we ALL have a great and creative year ahead1