I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason and these past few months have been a bit of a revelation for me. I knew I wanted to start a Podcast – The Stitch Safari Podcast – and I did. So what’s been so ‘redeeming’ about that? Easy. I’ve had to research.
Toady, I'm jumping straight in with 25 inner-self fuelling, creative propositions: follow your passions - whatever they may be revisit past interests of hobbies listen to your favourite music surround yourself with things your absolutely love make time to read make...
Visual referencing – a grouping of some of my favourite artists, ideas and inspiration. It’s all about being curious.
The rhythm of a dally routine creates the canvas for my day. What’s better, a small daily dose of discipline or a blank canvas? Mmmm, let me see.
The Stitch Safari Podcast is a brand-new fortnightly expedition trekking through the development, applications, and innovations of cloth, needles, stitch, and embroidery. Join me as I host this light-hearted, informative tour dedicated to the art of the needle.
Multiple threads and free-machine-embroidery have the ability to produce exquisite, mouth-watering textures. Straight lines incorporated with curved and sassy lines produce eye-catching contrast. This is my Nirvana, my paradise.
So now I have to foster and develop my own writing style. Why haven’t I bothered about this before? Time perhaps. I’ve been so focused on producing work that writing about it was often done in haste. Big mistake.
We work with and write about textiles. Every word and every image should render a visual and imaginary spectacle depicting the allure of thread and stitch.
Reading is like an enchanting, exotic magic carpet ride in a comfy arm-chair. Just strap myself in, coffee in hand, breathe deeply and I’m entranced.
This is the Jane Austen of the Embroidery world in my opinion. The writing is a little dated and flowery, but none-the-less sharply insightful, well researched and logically portrayed, gently scattered with delightfully useful and informative line drawings and black-and-white plates.
Everyone knows of the Elements and Principles of Design, well, I liken them to good bones and pretty clothes. One builds structure, the other dresses that structure with the ‘wow’ factor of exciting design.
You don’t have to utter one word. People should be able to recognise your work by your style. It’s your brand, your stamp and should express your uniqueness.
The inner pressure that we exert on ourselves produces the best work possible. It’s also part of The Iceberg Effect, the things people don’t see which tend to yield the most success. Read my post on the Iceberg Effect.
I listened to my instinct, which kept telling me to take the risk. It transpired I wasn’t afraid of failure. I was more fearful of not giving it a go, of facing no change at all.’
Choice is the opportunity. Not choosing is the risk. My glass is definitely, assuredly, clearly half-full.