Sketchbook day

I have been revisiting an old favourite theme of mine today: Fairground art, in particular galloping horses.

I love old fairground rides, the colours, the carving, and the movement of the rides not to mention the memories of a happy childhood which revolved around steam engines and vintage shows.

This nostalgic look back was brought on by my daughter finishing her own fairground inspired piece for her GCSE coursework. Also the fact that I am currently working through resource material for an exercise on shapes!

I found a few photos I took of fairground horses; more specifically pieces of them and have decided to do some of the exercises based on these. I decided to take a closer look and practice drawing some of the painted, carved elements of the horses. I then found a couple of samples that I had started but never finished. They are now! I think I will add them to my sketchbook as I find them quite inspiring and I am sure they will lead to more development.

I also had a bit of fun with some of the photos inspired by stage 3 exercise 2 where I carried on colours off the pieces of fabric: I arranged them on a piece of card, stuck them down then extended the lines between the photos to merge them together. I still need to add colour but the overall effect promises to be very interesting.

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About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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