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Friday, 28 February 2014

The Colours of Red/Orange/Yellow

The first photo is the background for my entry into "Living Colour" and the next photos are my inspiration for these colours.
They are taken or my journeys from the back yard in the garden to travels in India.

Sunday, 23 February 2014


My students experimenting with sunprinting dyes on a very hot sunny day - will post some of the finished pieces later.
As you can see the students used lots of different objects to see what would work.  They experimented with sunprinting "paints" and permaset fabric printing inks.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Flowers in India

When in India as in any other place I have to take photos of the flowers that I see whether real, or in paintings or the tiles on the floor. So I have included below a few of them on my last trip.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014


This attractive Delhi market has been deliberately made to feel like a traditional weekly village market. Small hatched roof cottages with a village atmosphere give it an ambience.  The market offers an exciting blend of handicrafts, food and cultural music performances from all over India.
About every two weeks the "stalls" change so we went twice and it was totally different. The first time had loads of textiles the second time was more sculptures and 3D crafts. 
If you are in Delhi at anytime you must not miss it. The crafts are  of a very high standard indeed. 

Below are photos of some of the textiles (and the entrance)

Friday, 7 February 2014

Indian Streets

Indian streets are wonderful - full of colour, dirt, cow poo, rubbish, people everywhere, stalls selling everything. It is a nightmare to walk the streets - you need to walk looking at the ground so you do not step in poo or fall down a hole or walk on a body sleeping in the street. But it is a joy and a wonderful experience.

Below are a few shots of Indian streets.
Hope you enjoy them.

A side street or rather a lane to houses of the locals

Sellers of pots

Flowers for the temples

Flowers for the temple (lotus buds in the middle)

Rubbish at the end of our street where we stayed in Delhi - this is a collection and sorting point for a few streets

Sellers in the middle pavement selling everything - they take up any spare available and set up daily

This is the first view from our window on the first day in Delhi - they leave scooters, cars, bikes wherever they breakdown and the dust just builds up and up - we saw loads of sights like this!!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Delhi - India

Arriving in Delhi was interesting as we had booked a hotel in the Paharganj in the main street of the Main Bazaar to find that the area was closed due to protest about the elections so we had to find another area and a hotel. After that the next day we had a driver that took us to some of the main tourist venues in Delhi.
Delhi is alive, busy, dirty, with loads of things to see.

Two tombs we visited were Safarjung and Humayun.
Both are similar in design  - typical Mughal style.

Safdarjung's tomb was built in 1754. He was the Nawah of Awadh and one of the most important Mughal nobles during the reigns of Muhammad Shah.
The photos below are of Safdarjung's tomb - it was quite stunning and one could image how beautiful it would have been in the 18th C with carpets, lamps, and textiles - apparently there was a canopy over the actual tomb and a fine white sheet that covered it. The gardens had many fountains and the feeling of the water would have been so beautiful and peaceful but even today it is still stunningly beautiful. 

Whole view of the tomb - fog or rather smog in the early morning 

Entrance to the tomb - first gate house

Domes - covered in copper and bronze - on top of the small tomb's mosque

Inside the gate house

The actual tomb - white marble

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Colour in Singapore

Today is a good day to start my blog again - that is regularly as it is my birthday today 2 Feb and I am now in my senior years - feel it today as it is 44C today - hot.

I thought I would show you some photos from our holiday now starting with Singapore which we both love (except the humidity) - food is great and so is the colour.
My rainbow mind is in full gear here in this wonderful city.