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.
It’s those artists whose work dares to be different, who you can see have worked at and were dedicated to achieving their vision that stands out in my mind.
All my design work begins with a line. It's how I build, construct and create my designs. But there's one area of line I usually ignore - for no good reason. We all know the power and potential in a simple line - expressing emotion and mood, conveying texture, form,...
I’m the sum total of all my interactions and it’s up to me to choose how I cope or deal with those interactions.
These are simple tools that have the ability to lift any work from hum-drum to amazing, but only if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, and when you do and you step back and look at your completed work with satisfaction, that’s a pretty amazing feeling – and it’s all your own work.
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Yet with such a rich heritage supporting textiles in the 21st century, the conundrum of what constitutes art still abounds. Who’s making that decision? Who?
Ok, stitching out a large design is no picnic – but I’m perverse and love every moment of it. Sometimes problem-solving is extremely therapeutic and gratifying. You have a problem, fix it right – next? That’s my attitude.
So how did I transfer this larger-than-life, fairly intricate design? By tracing every line, mark, dot and pattern on my drawing.
This beautiful process needs to drip through like fragrant, aromatic coffee, and the longer it filters and percolates, the better it seems. It’s just such a relaxing and soothing undertaking, wrapping around me like a comforting hug from an old friend.
Working differently, including gorgeous repetitive, rhythmic pattern, seems to have charged my design batteries.
Using social media is one way to promote your work, and your brand – as well as getting messages out there to people who’re genuinely interested in what you do.
Think about the ambience – the tone or spirit we surround ourselves with while we work, and the tools that can, surprisingly, help nourish and nurture our workflow.
Your work should be littered with rabbit-holes and Wonderland moments – those precious times when for whatever reason, we make a mistake!
Sometimes, just sometimes – and it is rare – someone comes along and pinpoints a problem you know’s there, but you just can’t find the solution for. You just need fresh eyes.
A lot of people think they need a diversity of stitch to create magical, textural textile art, but that’s just not so. All it takes is just one stitch!