Sunday, February 22, 2009

Smoke ......

We still have quite a bit of smoke laying in our valley. A few days ago I took these photos, although the photos dont show it too well there was an eerie colour to the valley (but very beautiful) created by the smoke .....
AND.... my fabric book has arrived home. What a treasure to find in my mail box. This was a collaborative Round Robin with four other Australian girls, one from Luxembourg, one from Germany, two from America and one from Canada... the fabric work is just amazing. I will share more photos of the pages later.

This is the front cover I made for my book over 12 months ago. I was worried that I wouldnt like what I had done when it returned home...but I still like it. I love architecture and this was fabric play with architecture. The blue wings popping out from within are from a beautiful page created by the gorgeous Belinda Schneider. I now have to work out how I am going to bind these pages together.
Lucky me.... I am already in another fabric page swap for later this year with my art buddy Dot and two other lovely ladies from the UK. Cant wait!



I just thought you might like to see these wonderful doors which are on a bookstore (for the life of me cant remember the name of it.....) in High Street, Armadale. My sister Lee and I quite often frequent this bookshop...fantastic. I think it is Bergdorfs.... must ask Lee she has an amazing memory for names etc.



I also wanted to share this photo of a beautiful handmade pendant that Lee gave me for Christmas this year. It is my absolute favourite piece of jewellery.... very special. Isnt she a lovely sister to spoil me so ....... I love the eiffel tower (Lee and I shared a week in Paris a few years ago so this is a lovely memento of that time).




If you would like to visit the website for this one of a kind jewellery... visit www.kirstinash.com
Lovely, lovely jewellery.
I wish you all a wonderful, creative week.
Jacky xox



26 comments:

Dave King said...

I thought the eerie beauty did show up. In fact, all the photographs are beautiful.

Judy Scott said...

Hello Jacky, the photos are very ethereal in the second one you can really see the smoke in the valley ~ you've captured the scene beautifully.

The books looks amazing and hope we'll get to see each page when you get chance ~ what a wonderful sister to give you such treasure its a beautiful pendant.

Have a wonderful week, take care ~ Judy xx

Marilyn Rock said...

Beautiful photos Jacky. It's so ironic how tragedy can offer some form of beauty at times. Love the fabric book; gorgeous. The doors are so beautifully detailed and love your pendant; very special. Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

painter girl said...

Hey Jacky!
Oh your book is lovely. The cover is beautiful and I can tell it is made by your hand. Your work has a special jewel like quality that is unmistakable. The photos of the valley are so ethereal and quiet. Beautiful all.

rivergardenstudio said...

What a wonderful post... first the pink skies...and your fabric book, I can hardly wait to see the rest of this lovely. Oh, and that door... can you show as a full on front view? How I would love to walk through those doors...
and the pendant from your sister is absolutely lovely... I will check out the website now! Roxanne

Camilla La Mer-Art Dolls said...

Your journal cover is spectacular!

I remember so well the eerie weeks following the California wild fires...The smoke actually made for spectacular sunsets...bitterweet...

There is nothing quite like a week shared in Paris! What a beautiful piece to commemorate your time there.

Ro Bruhn said...

That eerie glow just doesn't seem to go away, we had it again this morning. I hope things stay calm for you this week, we sound as if we're in for another bad one.
Love your book, can't wait to see it in the flesh. The pendant is gorgeous.

JuliaRose said...

Hi Jacky,
The photos are very beautiful and poignant, and I hope you are going to be safe there this week...as more on the way...
Thanks for your email...I have been inspired by seeing your fabric books in the flesh...I hope you are going to show all your pages soon...after all this time have got out my fabrics, ribbons/etc ( inspired by you and Dot).....and have been making a fabric/collage/art journal..I am so excited by it, as it has given me a break from just painting faces...it's more in line with DJ petitts work, than the softer, fuller work you guys have been doing, it's more flat.....can't wait to show you and the others in MArch.... xxx

grrl+dog said...

Jacky, so nice to have your book home after all it's travels.. looks luscious! Not long to go before we get to play!

Jo Wholohan said...

beautiful even with the smoke jacky, take care..... will try to being my book down to share too xx

Jeane said...

as sad as the fires are, those first two photos are really beautiful - when Mt St Helens erupted in the 1980's here, our light was really interesting also - love your locket

Jenxo said...

Jacky, hope you are still safe there. We have had that eerie glow too all last week from the gippsland fires.
Love your book and your pendants ar gorgeous. will have to take a peek. take care Jenxo

Zorana said...

Oh Jacky, the photos are beautiful! Too bad that it is the smoke that made that wonderful light... black&white, good&bad... it always goes together. That fabric book is a treasure! I wonder how are you going to bind it.... the cover is perfect! Love the pendant and the sweet memories it brings back. Have a happy week! xo

Lee said...

Hi Jacky, what a lovely post, and thank you for saying such kind things! I'm so happy that you really like the pendant.

Your fabric book looks absolutely gorgeous - I can't wait to see it in the flesh.

Oh, and the name of the bookstore is Berkelouw's - wish I was there browsing around right now.

Have a great week. Lee :)

Gwen Buchanan said...

The smoke gives a haunting effect to your landscape.. I hope you are safe as we hear the fires have not subsided

Your book is gorgeous and must have been an exciting process... the process is the life blood of creating.

I love the grill-work and ornamentation, on the bookstore doors.

Linda said...

Hi Jacky....your photos are beautiful and your fabric book pages look luscious!! I visited the website and drooled over the jewellery - I rather like the lady in the attic!
Hope all goes well for you ... take care.
Love
Linda xx

karen said...

Love your book! Gorgeous imgages yet very moving.

Dot said...

Thought I had left a comment but blogspot must have eaten it!

These photo's are lovely Jacky - there is a eerie quality in them but they are beautiful.

And after seeing your fabric book in the flesh....er.....in the fabric I know how beautiful it is.

You have stunning work and I enjoyed looking at what everyone else has created too.

And that necklace Lee gave you is stunning!

sesga loves 1950s said...

Hi jacky
What a eerie photo but beautiful.

All the fabric pages are stunning please show more ,I'm looking forward to doing ours ..I have a craft fair in 6 week so I'm busy making for that .

Beautiful necklace ,with so much sentiment something to treasure forever .Sisters are so special I'm lucky to have 3.

hope all has calmed down .
love from sesga xx

Jen Crossley said...

Jacky those photo are really eerie,Im so glad your okay,and hope to catch up with you at the retreat
Jen

Lee said...

Hi Jacky, just wanted to let you know that I've tagged you to reveal 6 interesting things about yourself. Hope you don't mind! Lee xx

Jo Horswill said...

Hi Jacky...yes I know the eerie that light you are talking about. You captured it well.
Your round robin book looks pretty amazing...look forward to peeping inside. Nice to hear you and your sister went to Paris a few years ago together...I did that trip a few years ago with my sister-in-law...it was magical.

lynne h said...

hey jacky, just thinking of you and hoping that all is well...

this fabric book is so beautiful...

xxxooo

JuliaRose said...

Hi Jacky,
Thanks I will..looking forward to seeing you on Sunday...xx

Sharon said...

Hey Jacky passing through to say HI and wondering how you are.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.