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.
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.
It’s signs and symbols in the artwork I find so fascinating – that hidden-in-plain-sight allegory. Now that’s clever.
For me, art is all about engaging an audience and assisting that interaction the best way I can. Looking at the manifold ways other artists engage their audiences, opens other doors to imagination and creativity.
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.
This book offers well-supported explanations surrounding the premise for ‘the feminine ideal’ and its link with needlework, from medieval times to the twentieth century.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Toady, I'm jumping straight in with 25 inner-self fuelling, creative propositions: follow your passions - whatever they may be revisit past interests of hobbies listen to your favourite music surround yourself with things your absolutely love make time to read make...