The pearl is, after all, formed because of irritation. Well, I have a form of irritation too – an itch that needs scratching. To produce a pearl, I have to cultivate layers of research and learning before being able to produce something miraculous and one-of-a-kind – just like the oyster.
This is my year to become a pearl-gatherer and explorer of thoughts and imagination.
It’s time to deep-dive into whatever touches my soul and stirs my curiosity. Figuratively speaking of course – I don’t think my swimmers would even fit anymore!
Setting goals, knowing what I’m aiming for, being professional, prioritizing, following a brief, designing a cohesive body of work, hanging work, researching and writing, confidence to go my own way – these are the sort of things I’ve learned.
A plan I hear you ask? Yes, a plan! A way of moving forward so I know exactly where I'm going. I always have a plan. I'm always heading somewhere. I couldn't imagine working any other way. Right here, right now, what's my plan to continue moving in a forward...
From collage to photography to editing to social media and finally filing – yes filing!
Just what do I have to go through to achieve a simple collage work which I can then use for inspiration, marketing, promotion, and pure enjoyment?
All too often it's very easy to become entranced with the new. But for me, looking back through old ideas and design work is just as mesmerizing and often uncovers forgotten gems. Looking through old or discarded design work with fresh eyes can be a revelation. But...
This Textile Art Series focusses on Textile and Fibre Artists from around the world, who use stitch in their artistic practice. I’ll delve into their processes, inspiration, and materials to understand what makes each of us unique in our endeavor to create.
What about the wonderful opportunities Quilt Shows, Group Shows or Guild Exhibitions offer?
A design isn’t necessarily finished just because you’ve finished stitching it out. Go back and look at it with a view to seeing how much more it may have to offer?
Vision Boards are the visual embryo of a concept I need to move forward to design or to move a design forward!
Vision Boards are a playground for ideas to coalesce and develop – all on one page on one concept.
So why the Stitch Aesthetic and what’s it all about? I’ll be looking at Stitch holistically and sharing that here.
Some artists make the leap from inspiration to stitch look easy. It’s not. Here’s one process I use.
Do you want to re-ignite and re-engage your passion to stitch, design and create? Well, inspiration may be closer than you think.
Do you love beautiful images? Do you need them to showcase your work on social media or just for inspiration?
Are you like me and just want to take your own shots of the textile art you make? Then this may be just for you.
Do you want to dig deeper into what you and your machine can do? Delve into what you can achieve here.
Work: an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result.
Design needs an intention, an aim, and an objective. It must include purpose, passion, and ambition.
‘Anyone who stops learning is old. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young’. Henry Ford.
Connecting the dots from inspiration, to design, to a fully resolved piece of textile art, is a leap of faith! It’s hard, but it’s so, so worth it.
Designing and creating my own work is a magical part of the process of being an Australian Textile Artist. I’m able to design and create meaningful textile art.
Becoming a textile artist didn’t just happen. It’s about what excites me and most importantly, what doesn’t excite me!
We all need inspiration. It promotes a sense of wonder, excitement and that golden ‘what if?’ moment. Who’s your muse?
In this series, what I’m actually doing is re-acquainting myself with the curiosity these artists evoked in me. Somehow, someway, they have all inspired me to learn.
Inspiration is integral to my work practice as an Australian Textile Artist. It can take many forms. Sometimes it’s as simple as a beautiful colour or mix of colours, but other times it’s work by other artists – and it doesn’t matter what they do.
How many times have I written down an idea, or artist to research, then spent half an hour trying to find it? Not any more. Important information, ideas, inspiration, or research, is now kept in MY BULLET JOURNAL. Information is easily accessible and it promotes my creativity.
Focus is essential to achieving success, no matter what you do. How can you corral the all too prevalent distractions and interruptions of life? Here’s what I do.
How do you approach your work day as a Textile Artist? Is it a bit hit and miss, or do you have in place systems to support, save time, ensure focus and output and most of all achieve consistency in your work day?
How often can you honestly say, you’ve read an INSPIRATIONAL, LIFE-CHANGING book? In my opinion ‘Momentum’ should be essential reading for anyone wanting to improve and succeed, no matter what you do.
Ok, so I’m happy with my concept and how the design is resolving itself as to what works and what doesn’t. Love the dresses, love the quilting and believe the painting using black ink on the white background will be graphically energetic. This has to scream tension...
I’ve achieved a sense of what I set out to do with this work. It’s emotive, poignant, moving and ethereal. But many of these girls were furious at having their freedoms curtailed and raged against their confinement. Now I need to include their anger and frustration to...
I love process. It’s what enables me to push through those difficult times during the design and making of a new work. Join me as I work through my processes for my new work Vortex. This is part 1 of 3. This work was an invitation from Anne Kempton from Timeless...