Monday, 16 June 2014

My Beryl Taylor Book

A few weeks ago, I took part in a three day class with the very lovely and very talented Beryl Taylor. Beryl now lives in the US, so the chances of taking a class with her are a bit like gold dust so I snapped up the opportunity. Beryl packed her suitcase full to the brim with samples of her amazing work which I found incredibly inspiring. I didn't get anywhere near finishing my fabric book in class but I have been working on it since. It's not quite finished yet, I have more beads that I intend to sew on. The book is not bound together yet either as I have a couple of pages that just need something else and at the moment, I'm still considering those options but I just wanted to share with you, how it's looking so far.

This is my front cover. All the cotton background pages were printed on a Gelli Plate.


Beryl taught us how in incorporate sheer fabrics in our books which I really love, so there are lots of bits of sheer fabrics throughout my book.


This is my favourite page but I just need to find that perfect something for the top of the page.


A close up shot so you can see all the layers.



I'll probably add some more beads to these pages.


Not sure if these are finished yet either!!




Close up shot so you can see the texture.



The back of the book is finished....I think. This will be one of those projects that you can just keep adding to and I love that, every time I discover something new, I'll be trying to adapt it to fit in this book.


Finally, I just wanted to share this fun picture with you, taken on Father's Day when the whole family came over to see Mark. Both Seb and Isla are three years old now. Seb is just two months older and loves to dress up, Buzz Lightyear was the outfit for the day and little Isla persuaded him that he need to have his hair done.....it was really quite hilarious.

OK, that's me for today, am off to sew on a few more beads!!

21 comments:

Helen said...

Oh that fabric book is gorgeous - now, never mind when it's "finished" - I'd love to work more with fabric. Your 2 grandchildren are so sweet, little darlings!

Penny Nuttall said...

This is beautiful. I love Beryl Taylor's work and you have put your own style to it. Very envious!

Sophie said...

Lin, das sind wunderschöne Seiten.
Ich bin ganz verzaubert von den Farben.

Grüße

massofhair said...

How i look forward to your fabric projects, your book is amazing and full of texture and depth. Such exquisite sewing which is a treat.

Thanks for showing us your amazing work :-) xxx

Jacqui Chimes said...

Its lovely Lin - I do admire how much 'your style' is in the book

Hazel Agnew said...

Beryl Taylor is one of my bedtime drool over reads. Totally in awe of her work. Your book is a fabulous combination of her style and yours too. Perfect match I think. Thankyou for showing us. It looks amazing. Some of her projects are on my list but am too much in awe to make a start. Need to go and get my book now!! Xx

margaret said...

That is so lovely Lin it always amazes me what you do with materials!! Still raving to friends about your fabric Journalling workshop!!

Ruth said...

Soo totally gorgeous, just want to touch it, very textural, and then there's the colours used, yummy.....wonder if you'll have it with you this coming weekend? Ruth x

butterfly said...

It's a breathtakingly beautiful book... have been going back and forth gazing in sheer pleasure at all the details and textures and gilding - gorgeous!
Alison x

Diane Kelsey said...

Wonderful work and colour choice. I wish that I had been able to attend the workshop.

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a gorgeous project! It looks wonderful. I love all the fabrics and embellishments. I could study these photos for hours! Julie Ann xxx

judith@poppy cottage said...

What a gorgeous book Lin, the colours are beautiful, and the texture is just lovely. It does make you want to touch it. I can see how you would want to keep adding things to it. The layers are fab, love the Gelli prints and the sheer pages, they are so different.

I love the picture of your two little cherubs, so precious! Love Judith xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

What a gorgeous book Lin, the colours are beautiful, and the texture is just lovely. It does make you want to touch it. I can see how you would want to keep adding things to it. The layers are fab, love the Gelli prints and the sheer pages, they are so different.

I love the picture of your two little cherubs, so precious! Love Judith xx

selena said...

il est tout simplement magnifique

Etsuko Noguchi said...

This is absolutely beautiful and very interesting. I've looking at the book again and again. Just wonderful xx

Astrid Maclean said...

I love Beryl Taylor's work but I have to say your fabric book totally proofs she is not just a great artist but a brilliant teacher too. Wow, this is so stunning, but then hey, you will have brought your own talent to it too! Very inspiring, LOVE IT!!!

snazzyoriginal said...

So very beautiful and I expect it will be very tactile too with all the beads

isisimaginings.com said...

Oh my, your fabric book is stunning Lin. It's a work of art & so gorgeous.
Great photo of the grandchildren, they look like they were having lots of fun.

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Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

What an gorgeous art, Lin!!fantastic texture and colors!!

Anneke said...

Beautiful work of art. Thanks for showing Anneke.