Conversation

The every day….

November 14, 2019

The beginning of the conversation, or at least the beginning of me being able to write it, was simply discovering that my sewing machine is good at lettering. I enjoy finding new techniques to use, but also  realise that I must stop myslef from letting my work be diluted by too many different methods.. I am trying really hard this year to do just one thing at a time, and already my mind feels clearer and more focussed. I have found regular inspiration from Textile Artist.org  This is a no nonsense guide to just quietly achieving your textile art, one day, one stitch at a time.

Tuesday, Jan 22

Now enjoying working on gathering ideas around our dreams; signifiers that weave/web/trap our ‘far off fragments’. A lovely opportunity to embrace dreaming and capture all the little things that mean a lot to me – buttons from my grandmothers button box, tickets from memorable journeys, hastily written notes, family photos. I am working on a translation of these – perhaps into 3 dimensional fabric pieces that can then all be linked together within the pillowcase. There will be much testing to be done to find the best fabric on which to print, or to see if I have to have the images printed commercially. At the moment I have all the time I need to do this, but it soon slips away.

I am considering using precious fabrics  – silk, linen, fine cotton as this will add another subtle layer to the work. I need fabrics that are vey transparent and take printing ink easily, but remain floaty. Best local supplier so far is Anglian Fashion Fabrics. There are many happy hours to be had here.

January 22, 2019

I am starting a new project this year about textileconversations. I have been working on using stitch, words and photographs to explore and record these conversations that are all around me, having been inspired by seeing the Anni Albers exhibition at the Tate.

The piece titled “open letter” was a revelation to me as I had always thought of my weaving as conversation, and here was text written in 1958.

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Tuesday, Jan 22

Now enjoying working on gathering ideas around our dreams; signifiers that weave/web/trap our ‘far off fragments’. A lovely opportunity to embrace dreaming and capture all the little things that mean a lot to me – buttons from my grandmothers button box, tickets from memorable journeys, hastily written notes, family photos. I am working on a translation of these – perhaps into 3 dimensional fabric pieces that can then all be linked together within the pillowcase. There will be much testing to be done to find the best fabric on which to print, or to see if I have to have the images printed commercially. At the moment I have all the time I need to do this, but it soon slips away.

I am considering using precious fabrics  – silk, linen, fine cotton as this will add another subtle layer to the work. I need fabrics that are vey transparent and take printing ink easily, but remain floaty. Best local supplier so far is Anglian Fashion Fabrics. There are many happy hours to be had here.

January 22, 2019

A very inspiring day at Central St Martins, enjoying ‘Making communities’ symposium. Great talks and lots of thought provoking ideas about the way forward with our textile culture, especially relating to the role of women in preserving textile heritage and the increasingly important idea that the life of a textile has to be circular rather than linear.

November 14, 2019

A recent trip to the Stitches and Craft Show in London provided much food for thought and inspiration. Delighted to see so much collaboration and beautiful work in the gallery section. Personal favourites:

Jo Beatie

Diana Harrison

Elizabeth Rutt

Judy Drysdale