Hello and welcome to my Blog especially for textile artists, combining inspiration, personal growth, creativity and design. All the good things!
I’m focused and working towards my own goals. I’ve learnt a lot – mainly about me – and sometimes it’s the things you know don’t work, that make you search for the things that do.
There are times we need to step back and go with new ideas – then there are times we need to speak up and be heard.
Make writing a part of your design process, because words are important and powerful – but it has to begin with writing something, so just begin.
Aesthetic means giving pleasure through an appreciation of beauty - but how do you create your own aesthetic? Fortunately, the world of textiles and stitch is such an amazing genre to work in for those who value beauty, combining the allure and charm of fabric,...
We all reach turning points in our textile careers. I know I certainly have. Workshops and classes are fantastic vehicles for learning, but sometimes we need more. And the anomaly is, that could be the one thing holding us back in the first place. So what's the...
Rigour's defined as the quality of being extremely thorough and careful. It can also encapsulate severity and strictness or harsh and demanding conditions. And rigour can help define our textile and fibre art - I'm not into severity, strictness, harsh or demanding...
But it’s that initial concept leading to process I find absolutely fascinating. How other artists work, most especially how they gather and work with that initial inspiration. It’s about trying to join those dots from inception through to the creation of a fully resolved artwork.
Let’s use our skill and ability to fabricate something captivating and irresistibly spellbinding.
One of my biggest bug-bears has to be how to organise all my images. And I have a lot! Throughout the concept, design and making process, I take numerous images to be used on social media. And they add up. For years, I've been dealing - or rather not dealing, with...
It’s not something I do often, I must admit, but when it comes to having to design and make something different from the norm, something that requires careful thought either in construction or technique, then I sample, sample, sample.
Make your images resonate with your personality, and make them as beautiful as your work. I reckon it’s worth the effort.
Over the years a creative process has evolved that works for me. Led by passion, fuelled by inspiration, fleshed out by research and expanded through design development.
Rather than having misgivings about going down a certain path, entertain more paths. Rather than hesitating about trying new design elements – add more. Want to mix in more colours – or pare them down? Do it. But do it all with confidence – and that ‘what if’ attitude of success.
It’s one thing to have an idea or concept – it’s another kettle of fish entirely, to make that up into a successful design for textile and fibre art. So where do I start?
Well, my stars must be aligned or in their seventh heaven or whatever the terminology is as I've had an amazing news week. And while it's great to look at this as success, which of course it is, what it really is, is the realisation of a lot of hard work. I've had to...