a journal: textiles, inspiration, musings

Posts tagged ‘textile inspiration’

slow stitching, slow living

…….seems to be the theme this year! I spent too long wondering what I wanted to work on, and where i was headed with it all; then realised that i was already working on what I wanted: life was what i was doing not what i was planning! and instead of stitching away on my Autumn Cloth while I wait for the “real inspiration” to strike, I am now seeing it as where i am at the moment:  piecing and stitching as the flow takes me, all by hand. Perhaps the general manic events in the outside world are causing a lot of us to turn inwards, and to deliberately slow down and use less technology; with the stitching more organic and less formalised, edges sometimes rough and fabrics less than perfect, bits of old dyed and painted cloth, pieces dyed with plants, old scraps of sari fabric. Working this way brings peace and a sense of quiet contemplation, the feel of the cloth and the flow of the stitching as important as the end result. Am  inspired by Jude Hill on her lovely blog Spirit Cloth …..her work is so very much an expression of herself and her life, and she is so generous with her methods and philosophies; by  the work of India Flint, who uses native plants so beautifully and skilfully; by the richly coloured  and very personal work of artists like Jo Bruhn, Mandy Pattullo and Sue Dove; by books like Claire Wellesley Smith’s Slow Stitch and Cas Holmes’ Stitch Stories. It’s interesting to put them all together and realise that they are all very different but each voice is unique and very much a true expression of the artist.

With winter arriving it will be lovely to keep working away on this piece until it decides it is finished!

 

colours and shapes in the spring garden

 

Feathers

found in the park on my walk today: so beautiful.

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beauty is often hidden

a grey morning, a grey mood:

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but closer observation of the “brown stuff” scattered on the beach reveals a world of beauty.

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tiny treasures

a collection of tiny treasures, all scattered on the beach on the same morning a week or two ago……plenty of inspiration here for sketching/stitching line, shape, colour, texture in a very simple form……

a colour theme?

seems I never see my world in black and white…….. it’s the rich colours that attract me…and my camera…even  around my home…..these have caught my eye on a browse through some recent photos: there seems to be something of a theme in the colour combinations! may be another piece of work brewing.

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inter-tidal treasures

just checked the date of my last posting and could not believe it……habits are easily broken! a long delay in the journal;  not sure where the time has gone but it seems a new start is called for…….and as often happens it has been prompted by a visual feast….a wonderful display of inter-tidal treasure on the beach in the late afternoon autumn sun. Textile updates to follow soon!

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