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.  

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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Serendipity

Serendipity

I believe in listening to or taking note of, these little signs.  Perhaps it’s more about knowing where I’m heading, and the outcome I want to achieve, whatever, I believe these little auspices have some form of attached meaning.  It’s like a road sign saying ‘Look at me, look at me.’

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Define Time

Define Time

Analysing how and when I work best and linking that to a do-able timeline, is my way of making the best of my time as well as achieving focus on the things I love to do – that’s how you define time.  

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The Adventure Begins

The Adventure Begins

It’s too easy to have an idea, and then keep ‘looking’.  Sometimes I just have to bite the bullet and begin doing, otherwise, I’ll flip and flop my way around to procrastination, and that’s just not going to happen. The adventure begins now.

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A Flight of Fancy

A Flight of Fancy

Is being scared part of the creative process?  Absolutely.  It seems to me when we push ourselves, and I mean really push ourselves, that’s when the fear sets in.  But it’s also, for me at least, the time when I know opportunity and possibility are at a premium, and I need to lose myself to find both.

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On My Desk This Week

On My Desk This Week

Two more books to add to my suggested Reading List.  The Bayeux Tapestry and Guo Pei Couture Beyond. If you’re interested in Stitch and History, read my blog for more.

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On My Desk

On My Desk

As promised, I’m sharing the books on my desk now – the one’s I’m reading and working with to assist me to present The Stitch Safari Podcasts, but also for the simple pleasure of learning and exploring further. And am I learning!

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Redeeming Research

Redeeming Research

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.

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