7 August 2011

sketchbook plans

Just to say I will be working on this project to completion once I get back from Festival of Quilts next week (11-14 August).  I know what I want to do, will have the time to concentrate on it then and hope to complete my sketchbook work (in duplicate) by the end of August.  I'm looking forward to it.  I hope you join me and follow along in a few weeks time ...

if you are taking part in The Sketchbook Project and have a blog where you are sharing your sketchbook work ... please leave a message with your blog details and I will pop over and visit

13 May 2011

points of inspiration and making a start!

My 10 minute art project
is going to be based on a series of photographs
that I took last week on Smeatons Pier in St. Ives harbour

these photos were inspired by elements of the work of artist Simon Starling that I saw at The Tate St. Ives recently, where the artist focuses more and more closely on an object and then takes it further by putting the photograph under a microscope creating further inspiration and magic


rather than using a microscope (as I don't have one)
mine will be a digital photography project
where I will digitally enhance my macro shots to create further inspiration by manipulating, distorting, altering colours and adding texture
then I will create a series of mixed media collages and stitched pieces (machine embroidered/mixed media stitched collages) based on the photos

I shot these photos of one of the fisherman's workshops on the pier

the workshop windows had a mesh covering so that it was impossible to see what was inside but my lens revealed and captured the hidden fishing paraphernalia so typical of a Cornish working harbour

silver metallic mesh

revealing random tones of red

the mesh covered windows within the wooden frame


my starting point

Simon Starling is an artist who is fascinated by the processes
involved in transforming one object or substance into another
He makes objects, installations, and pilgrimage-like journeys which
draw out an array of ideas about nature, technology and economics
He pursues these ideas with fine detail and quite often
takes his finished pieces back to where they originated

I have also thought about how this project will reach completion
by taking my sketchbook and photography back
to the fisherman's workshop at the end of this project

Carolyn ♥

5 May 2011

my sketchbook arrived!

my sketchbook arrived yesterday

the overal size of the book is different to last year's sketchbook
it's shorter, squarer and has only 32 blank sides to fill
as opposed to 80 blank sides in last year's sketchbook

I've thought about my format and ideas for my book
I will work on 7 mini projects of 4 pages each (28 pages)
I will use two pages for my bio and personal information (30 pages)
and I will use the front and back page to conceal the cover (32 pages)

I will talk about my mini projects in the next post
Good luck with yours!

Carolyn ♥

23 April 2011

I signed up!

today I signed up for
the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project 2012

I chose the theme of 
"in 10 minutes"

my aim is to spend no more than
ten minutes per page in my sketchbook
or work on a batch of 6 pages per hour

already thoughts are flowing ...

I took part in the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project in 2011
my sketchbook can be seen here

below the surface

I'm also taking part in The Sketchbook Project 2012
and will be sharing my work, sketchbook pages, thoughts, musings and general progress on this blog
my full profile can be viewed here:

Carolyn Saxby

more interesting links relating to my photo art project

John Smeaton
Smeatons Pier St. Ives
Smeatons Pier St. Ives - 360 panorama
Smeatons Pier - engineering timelime
Simon Starling - Tate St. Ives
Simon Starling - interesting review

Please feel free to follow along if you would like to ...