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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Christine Seager (UK) Tekla Benson (USA) Lisa Benson and Tekla Benson (USA)

Christine Seager has sent this Portrait Shuffle today.  This piece is painted onto wadded cloth, with lots of text and hand stitching. If you zoom in you may be able to read it!


Lisa Benson and Tekla Benson have worked on this together. It is printing onto cloth. We especially like the overprint of the red bycicle with yellow and it gives a tremendous impression of movement - it is after all, someone riding a bike!


Tekla has also sent this striking painted portrait! Our thanks to everyone for today's Portrait Shuffles.



Can we also just remind you - without wishing to overstate - PLEASE can you put "gift" and "no value" or a low value, say, $10 on your Shuffle parcels if you are returning them to us from outside the EU. Import duties are about £25 per parcel coming from the USA for example and this we have to fund personally or it has to come from the Save The Children donation. This is a charitable event and your work will be donated to another artist, not sold. Thank you.

Friday, 21 July 2017

If you plan on sending your Shuffle back from outside the EU........

PLEASE can you put "gift" and "no value" or a low value, say, $10 on your Shuffle parcels if you are returning them to us from outside the EU. Import duties are about £25 per parcel coming from the USA for example and this we have to fund personally or it has to come from the Save The Children donation. This is a charitable event and your work will be donated to another artist, not sold. Thank you.

Annika Lund (Finland) Elizabeth Butler (UK) Dolores Mullis (Switzerland) Fiona Brockie (UK)

I really am going to have to give the postie a huge pat on the back as he was weighed down by 8 portrait shuffles this morning!!

I've done todays Shuffles in 2 lots, but will put another small video of them on Facebook this morning.

Elizabeth Butler has painted her portrait on paper and it's a lovely mixture of paint and text which describes her sitter's characteristics and tells us what a beautiful person they are! The detail and delicacy are astonishing.


Fiona Brockie's piece is titled "Evelyn". Fiona has gone to a great deal of trouble to research her sitter, and we'll pass on her notes describing Evelyn and her life as shown in diaries covering 1927 to 1959. They provided a fascinating glimpse of Ediburgh culture alongside more intimate family details. Evelyn was born in Paris in 1874 and died in Edinburgh in 1969.


Dolores Mullis has sent a "Homage to Paul Klee" done in stitch on a pieced and painted background, which adds texture as well as defining the portrait.


Annika Lund has quilted this beautiful portraits in shades of green and blues. It has machine and hand stitch. I especially like the twists in the hair!


Mary Doherty (Ireland) Cate Kalson (UK) Orna Doherty (Ireland) Heather Bowman (UK)

The second part of today's posting shows another 4 Portrait Shuffles - Huge Thanks to everyone!

Mary Doherty - mixed media. The painting has been overlayed with stitch, and paper and/or fabrics. The eyes stare out at you and one half of the painting stands slightly proud of the other.


Cate Kalson has made this lino print which has a note on the reverse to say "self-portrait: 41 weeks preganant and trying to patiently wait for the new arrival!"

Crikey Cate!! Hope all is well - best wishes from all at TOH!!

Orna Doherty has made a striking stitched embroidery.  Beautifully done in shades of blue and turquiose with darker tones of grey and highlights of orange. He is a Siberian husky called Atticus!


Heather Bowman (thanks for your letter Heather- it's fabulous!) has sent this stitched portrait called "Covering Up" It's on a cloth (padded) and stitched background with appliqued fabrics and beading. Very sparkly!!

Heather wanted to convey the idea that we have sad experiences in our lives but hide it wherever we can with makeup!


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Marjolyn Hannaart (France) Jan Drury (UK) Danica Atkinson (UK) Thomasina Freeman (UK)

Our 4 lovely Portrait Shuffles for today, are another set with completely differing styles.

The date that the Shuffles have to be with us is the 31st July (eeek!) so there's just time to send them back if you'd like to be part of the wonderful exhibit in our gallery at Festival of Quilts. They all have to be mounted on battens before exhibiting, so although late arrivals can be part of the shuffle, they will unfortunately miss the exhibition.

Anyway, today we have a mixed media piece from Marjolyn Hannaart. The frame has the word "Lyn" on it. It's a painted piece with an overlay of net to one face, stencilling, half a leaf and painted branch. Thank you Marjolyn!


Jan has kindly sent us this lovely image of a little girl on the sand. She's gorgeous!


Danica (Dani) has hand stitched the portrait in thick threads and seated it on a background of appliqued fabrics, which have been stitched into place by lines of machining.



Thomasina's piece is, I think, printed cotton mounted onto the canvas with applied fabric with "thomasina" stitched onto it. Thomasina has also included a biography to be sent to her shuffler!


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Christine Bay (Singapore) Margaret Horton (UK) Rosemary Woodward (UK)

Thank you ladies for today's Portrait Shuffles - how lovely!!

Christine Bay has sent this exquisite painting from Singapore. The detail is astonishing. It has a very Art Deco feel to it we think!


Margaret Horton's portrait is on finely coloured and stamped cloth with very fine hand stitching.

Finally for today, Rosemary Woodward has sent us a painted portrait. There seems to be pencil or coloured pencil Rosemary?  Anyway, we like the smile and sunny colourings!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Valerie Hughes (UK) Barbara Cady (UK) Maria Eugenia Corbella (Spain) M Sullivan (Canada)

4 Shuffle Portraits have arrived today from around the globe.

Valerie Hughes has made a beautifully hand stitched portrait - a garden brimming over with flowers and leaves which spill around the sides of the canvas.


Barbara Cady has attached a note to warn us against the sharpness of the needle stitched into this one, but don't worry it's very firmly attached. The words say, "The older I get... The smaller the eye becomes ..."


Maria has painted this fabulous cat - I think in acrylics.

And finally for the weekend,  M. Sullivan from Canada has painted and stitched, with applique, this portrait. Not sure if it's printed, painted or dyed fabrics, but it's a glorious riot of textures.


Friday, 14 July 2017

Sandra Meech (UK) Little Girl With A Sewing Machine

We're absolutely thrilled that Sandra Meech has kindly donated a piece to the Portrait Shuffle. Thank you Sandra, it's wonderful. Will you be the lucky person who gets this in the post!


'Little Girl with a Sewing Machine'

Sandra says that the work is a collage of images - sketches of sewing machine parts and one of her "dresses" which are part of a series of her art textile pieces.


Janet Greig Sheen (UK) Carlo Briscoe (UK) Anne menary (UK)

3 more fabulous Shuffles have plopped onto the door mat this morning.

Ann Menary, has labelled hers "A page from my sketchbook". It has extensive hand stitching on fabric which is fixed to layers of paper.

Carlo has sent this striking piece which is beautifully hand stitched - almost Picasso-like in the way the face is divided into two so that you have full face and yet a side view too.


Finally Janet, has sent this portrait which has a label on the back, with a photo, and saying "Janet Greig with Tilly. Photograph Arthur Greig 1950. Listen with Mother, January 1950." There is a music score around the edge of the canvas and is "Berceuse from Faure's Dolly Suite".




Thursday, 13 July 2017

Miranda Twydell (UK)

We have a lovely lino print portrait from Miranda Twydell this morning. Miranda says:

"This is Derek who has spent his life working in the research and development of pharmaceuticals, and still is ..... after retirement. I wanted to show how his chemistry runs through him, as an integral part of his makeup, so this lino print is on top of equations to do with the thermodynamics of solvation! To me they are a pattern!".


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Barbara Toogood (Australia) Greta Huseboe (Norway) Pat Mallett (UK)

Todays very wonderful delivery has brought 3 portraits from around the world.

Greta Huseboe has monoprinted this image on rust dyed cotton, and has used hand dyed cotton thread to stitch this strong image.


Barbara Toogood from Australia, has sent another black and white piece. It looks like a painting but could be a pencil/graphite sketch with a layer of varnish or gel. Not sure Barbara - if you're reading this and want to say, please do leave a comment.



Finally Pat Mallett has sent this with a little note on the back "Ravneet looking at the sea view in Bude, Cornwall" The background is made of layered fabrics, and the hair and ornament are wool and metal.


Monday, 10 July 2017

Georgina Newson (UK) Agatha Lee (Singapore) Charlotte O'Hare (UK)

The weekend saw another 3 portrait shuffles arrive for our gallery at Festival of Quilts, from Georgina Newson, Agy Lee, and Charlotte O'Hare.

Georgina's portrait is surrounded in applied flowers, which stand proud of the canvas and with beaded centres. We love the colours in the eye Georgina - gorgeous detail.


Agatha Lee (Agy) sends her work on alter egos. (a person's secondary or alternative personality). David Bowie. His portrait is densely stitched and surrounded by text, and half hidden under layers of organza-like material.


And lastly for today, Charlotte O'Hare has made this portrait in shades of yellow with darkly framed glasses. The portrait continues underneath the canvas, and the glasses stand proud - they are cut away to allow the hair to look as if it falls over the frames.



Friday, 7 July 2017

Deborah Martin (New Zealand) Jenni Milligan (UK) Yvonne Elliot (UK)

What a busy Portrait Shuffle day we're having today!! 3 more have arrived this afternoon. Poor postman must be wondering what on earth is going on, but thank you so much.


Jenni Milligan has sent this one in which made me smile! She says "Most of my time in the garden spent bum in the air weeding! Love my garden!"


Yvonne Elliott has sent this beautiful portrait, with a real earring and flowers in her hair.


Deborah Martin's portrait is on Lise Meitner, who is someone who inspires her. She has kindly written a short bit about what Lise exemplifies, and a brief life story. This will be attached to the portrait so the recipient can read all about her.



Judy Fairless (UK) Kate Tarling (UK) Gillian Travis (UK)

We have some really gorgeous portraits today from the UK. Thank you so much!

The first is from Kate Tarling - the most amazing hair and capturing the moment of a smile.


Judy Fairless has sent this beautifully rendered image with very fine stitching.

And finally for today Gillian Travis has sent this very colourful portrait -it sings!


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Alicia Merrett - UK. Through Our Hands Affiliate Artist

Alicia Merrett has kindly made this piece called "Portrait of a Village" as a donation to the TOH Portrait Shuffle.  Remember, you have to be in it to win it!! Closing dates for returned portraits is 31st July.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Diane Botting (UK) and Diana Brown (UK)

2 Shuffles arrived this morning from Diane Botting and Diana Brown. Big thank you!

Diane Botting

 NB Some of the beads went astray in the post Diane, but not to worry they were in the envelope so we'll try and do a repair!!

Diana Brown - hand stitched felt we think.



Saturday, 1 July 2017

Katriina Flensburg (Sweden) and Lesley Bland (UK)

We have 2 more lovely Portrait Shuffles this morning! First of all is Katriina Flensburg from Sweden. Katriina has been short listed for the Fine Art Quilt Masters at Festival of Quilts this year, with her piece, Looking for Balance.  Good luck Katriina!!



And we also have this lovely piece which is titled "Portrait of Love",  from Lesley Bland who is from the UK. Thank you ladies!



Friday, 30 June 2017

Gwyneth Rose (UK) and Christine Predd (USA)

Thank you Gwyneth Rose for this portrait which arrived yesterday - it made me smile and cheered a cold and wet day!


Enormous thanks also to Christine Predd from the USA for her closely stitched portrait.



Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Linda Elder (USA) and Trisha Joel (Canada)

We have 2 more lovely Portrait Shuffles this morning from the opposite side of the globe.

Linda says about her piece: "This pencil sketch is of a Cambodian man by the bamboo railroad in Cambodia. The feint writing in the background is Khmer".


Trisha Joel


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Fiona Bailey - Ireland


A beautifully stitched portrait has arrived today from Fiona Bailey. Thank you Fiona - it's lovely!!