• Embroidery is all about capturing form and texture to please the eye.  I tend to get carried away with all my ideas and don't focus on the technique as much.  So although this might not be competition material, it most certainly is enjoyable! 

Alet Gardner

Alet Gardner

Hi there! I am an South African expat, living in the lovely Kent countryside in the UK.
I love everything meaningful and beautiful - so I try my hand at photography, painting, embroidery, needlework, cooking and writing.

My inspiration for all of this: the people that I love,
and the love that God has for me.

Cook in training

Saturday, 15 October 2016 08:41

Our young hero learning to feed the forces at the Pretoria Police College - peeling a mountain of potatoes, making notes, AND finding time to take the love of his life to the Burgers Park in Pretoria.

10 Feb 2016 - Sleeping warthog

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 20:53

Day 2: Painting miniatures was still very new to me. Here I tried an approximately 10x10cm pencil sketch on handmade paper. The subject: a sleeping warthog, seeing that I was in the South African Bushveld and found this an unusual take on a well-known inhabitant. My later paintings ended up being the size of a British £1 coin, so i might have to re-do this guy for my planned exhibition at the end of the 366 days.

Kintsukuroi - the wonder of healing

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:31

Kintsugi (金継ぎ?, きんつぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い?, きんつくろい, "golden repair"),[1] is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered goldsilver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.[2][3][4] As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise - Wikipedia


Apparently this art form became so popular with collectors that some were suspected of purposefully breaking their precious porcelain or pottery to be repaired by kintsukuroi!