Blog

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.  

Finding Zen

Finding Zen

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...

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The Design Equation

The Design Equation

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?

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Dynamism

Dynamism

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.

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The Attitude of Learning

The Attitude of Learning

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.

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Design Development

Design Development

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.

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Grow Your Own Garden

Grow Your Own Garden

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.

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Technology

Technology

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.

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Begin

Begin

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.

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