Thanks for dropping by. Here I try to open and explore topics most textile and fibre artists would encounter, along with my thoughts and resolutions to problem solving. It’s an insightful look into my experiences and knowledge.
Creating textile and fibre art doesn’t need to be complicated, quite the reverse. Just look at it one process at a time, like learning the steps to a new dance or baking your first souffle.
Routine: drill, practice, procedure, pattern. Ritual: ceremony, protocol, order, custom. Zen: the value of meditation and intuition. Even the most aspirational artist experiences challenges, so what exactly is it that gets you through your day?. That daily grind...
This is totally relatable to the way we produce art, particularly if we want it to sing with personality.
We’re all inspired by something – that’s step one, but I think it’s that next transitional step of actually applying inspiration to create a design for textile or fibre art, that seems to obstruct the wheels of progress. What to do?
How about some ideas and inspiration for creating Dynamism or a sense of energy and movement in design work for new textile and fibre art?
There’s one thing I want from a piece of art and that’s excitement. I want to feel reverberating, unrestrained energy, not just glimpse it. I want my eyes to gallivant all over the work, not just puddle in one place, if at all. And that’s exactly what Dynamism’s should do.
The skill to learn is an attitude – the attitude of interpreting information to your wants and needs, not someone else’s. It’s the measure of being able to improve, expand and refine techniques and ideas into your own artistic voice.
PatternPlay encourages originality and individuality in design using beautiful lines and your own creativity. You’re invited!
My design’s finished and I’m happy. It’s animated and full of life. I love working this way. Making mistakes, filling the whole page, making do and having confidence in the process. That’s what design development is all about.
It’s signs and symbols in the artwork I find so fascinating – that hidden-in-plain-sight allegory. Now that’s clever.
For me, art is all about engaging an audience and assisting that interaction the best way I can. Looking at the manifold ways other artists engage their audiences, opens other doors to imagination and creativity.
Now you have the best possible set of conditions for a magnificent garden. Trust in yourself and allow time for all your endeavours to blossom and bear fruit. Setbacks happen. Pick yourself up and continue. Positive change is a result of these little challenges.
This book offers well-supported explanations surrounding the premise for ‘the feminine ideal’ and its link with needlework, from medieval times to the twentieth century.
This greasy tech pole has had me climbing and sliding. But I stuck in there and committed to learning what I need to know – not necessarily what people want to teach me. It seems to be working.
How I would love to sit down with the designer of The Bayeux Tapestry and just talk. There’s such value looking back to what’s been done before – and the beauty of that is that I can utilise that work as a stepping stone to inspire new work, steeped in historical meaning. Now that’s fascinating to me.