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.
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!
We all know what kind of year it’s been, particularly if you live in Australia – but, for me, this Christmas wish post is about two things – looking forward and being thankful.
Like turning on a switch, that light-bulb of clarity appears. But it’s in that world of shadowy, contemplative darkness we all need to turn from time to time, to enrich and renew our own whale songs, honouring the work we want and need to create.
Dance with a deadline and re-kindle that passion and energy for your textile and fibre art.
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?