Hello and a warm welcome to you! Thank you for visiting my blog where I love to share a little of my life and my passion for textiles, I hope you will enjoy what you see and read here...do also visit me on Facebook and say hello...or check out my workshops and come and get creative...

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

the magic of texture and stitch...

is what I love ...although I appreciate a printed surface, for me it has no soul without texture! The act of needle passing through a surface creates an alteration which remains in the cloth as memory, even if the stitch is removed, and whether by hand or machine is a deliberate act of mark making (as of course is printing or drawing) and changes the surface, adding texture and depth, perhaps adding colour, changing how light affects that surface...


The end result of combining fabrics and stitch is alchemy of a sort  depending on the inspiration and how the mix is made, and satisfaction can come from the any of the many directions a piece can take.

Discipline plays a part in keeping to the original thoughts or plan in order to complete...but stepping sideways to explore is always exiting! I love to play with fabrics and see where they take me...



 

here I've created a textured surface using my embellisher then added machine embroidery



it made a great background to layer on some poppy seedheads, whcih are textured themselves as they are felted wool





this piece grew out of wanting to layer lace and create a patched up surface, inspired by the work of Mandy Patullo and Cas Holmes...



here I've been playing using dissolvable paper and adding stitch and yarns...awaiting more work and resolution...but I love the way the light comes through the translucent surface...



inspiration can come from many places, just look at this beautiful stone...now where's that grey wool fabric, I saw it somewhere...


don't forget if you're interested in textiles do check out Textile Artist.org for some fabulous inspiring interviews and images

I'm back off to my studio, see you again soon!

Emmax



Wednesday, 22 January 2014

from dark mornings...

light comes, creeping slowly up the fields lightening the sky behind the hills... and the day begins. Hard days when the blackness is just turning grey as husband and daughter leave the house for their 'institutions' and I start the day again, alone. The day is mine, so much I would like to do, the choice to sit in the quiet and 'be' for a while...or get on with the dishes or put on the washing or go out and get the chickens up...


I am just loving my new desk, all finished and in a much tidier room... so much so that I have decided it's too nice for 'business'' so that is going to be in the 'office' with all the other paperwork and the computer, and this beauty, which connects me to my Mum and grandmother is for joyful things! pretty things and inspiring...it will be the home for empowerment! Books and affirmations and beautiful things, a focus of calm in a busy, creatively and lovingly messy house where we are making memories!





managed to spend some time in the studio yesterday, and enjoyed some stitching, with some lovely textures but I have to say I don't feel my heart is in there at the moment, apart from to tidy up. It seems there is still more sorting out to do before I can get really back in my creative mode...again like in the house...so I am working from rock not shifting sand! Having made such big changes last year in terms of my work,and who I am as an artist, it seems to be a good idea to clear, and sort and set out my 'stall' in clarity and simplicity.








and outside there is 'new' too, despite some grey wet and cold days  which I like to call tranquil(!)we have had sunshine too and signs of life in the garden, the bright sunny yellow of jasmine...


and joyfully, along the hedgerows, snowdrops! They are truly a sign of spring on the way...


I spent most of last week watching the Hay House webinar, I wonder if anyone else did? There were so many wonderful videos to watch and interviews to listen to, I watched Louise Hay and learnt so much...I'm still rolling along gathering more info and inspiration. It really kick started my NEW year! Thank you to Louise and all at Hay House, it rocked!


off to make tea for daughter mine, happily back from school...have a great week!
Emmaxx

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

the new order...

hooray for google, photo upload mended and so easy again so here's the missing picture from my last blog...this simple word for the year is already paying dividends...

I have felt the urge as I have not for a long time, to clear and tidy and sort our house once more, to make it a pleasant home for us all to enjoy, to repair and repaint and revamp a little here and there, to re-evaluate all that we have and and allow myself the time to do some homemaking...

last year I was very focussed on my new enterprise as an artist and this year I want to create a balance so that in each moment I am at peace and not stressed. My aims for the the year are to simplify and do less, so that rather than doing too much in a flurry of speed and stress and thinking 'I'll sort that out tomorrow'...instead I will have a more orderly and pleasant base from which to go out into the world with my artwork

It is helpful to write this down here as the process of putting thoughts into black and white words helps me clear my head and to focus...and I will see where I get to as the weeks progress. It is easy at the moment as the house is quiet in the week and I am not yet back to full-on making or doing workshops...

so the achievement of the week is painting the inside of a cupboard so I can enjoy arranging my happy collection of magazines...


I've also been painting my grandmother's old dressing table,which my Mum used to sew on, a sad old piece with outworn varnish...and somehow it's ended up grey which is perhaps a good choice as it's a calm colour for the place I am going to keep my business paperwork...in order!

It's funny how even this has become an opportunity for something arty as I rather liked photographing the paintbrush!




and the colours link rather nicely with the artwork I did get done in the Christmas holiday...I seem to be in a grey and brown phase, choosing lacey fabrics and wool and yarn which I needled felted and stitched into...trees have been in my mind with their beautiful textural bark, and as with a lot of my work it is a feeling rather than an absolute which comes out...


 


how I love my embellisher which needlefelts or dry felts with 12 needles, allowing me to layer and mix and mingle fabrics, creating quite a stiff fabric, especially when it is then stitched into using simple embroidery
 




  
When it gets to this stage I get exited as now I can start to create the shaping, which means it is almost finished...but as I discovered with this piece sometimes it involves much fiddling and swearing and tricksy handwork...



I am enjoying trying our more 3D pieces, vessels of unknown purpose I would call them...and then brooches and I made a wristlet too, just love the textures




sunny day today so think I may get outdoors a bit and get some Vit D, after all the rainy grey days sunshine is even more welcome! Have a bright and sunny week...

Emmaxx

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

second post on a new blog

is almost as exiting as my first! although it is still me here it seems as tho' I have been given an opportunity to do things afresh and so I hope it will be. I was reading Sarah's blog at Down By The Sea last night and liked her idea of using a word for the year rather than making a resolution or two. I have done this before but rather like resolutions the focus on the word fades after a while and I forget...

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So I think my word for this year is very small, simple and hopefully  will be easy to focus on as I go through the year - it is NEW! This gives me plenty of scope and even just thinking of the word stirs me up inside, and this is certainly a year to let go of the past and be prepared to do things differently. 

YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE (GIFT EDITION) Louise L Hay

I already try to avoid thinking conventionally and use my favourite books to help me and simply ask the Universe, sit quietly each day for 5-15 mins and allow the good to flow to me. My current really simple method is to use the Power of Afformations which I came across last year: simply focus on what you want to achieve, or focus on what you think you find hard to do...write on a big sheet of paper 'Why is it so Easy for me to.... and it just seems to work like magic! or even just say the quesion to yourself, it seems making it a quesion rather than a statement is what makes it work...Does anyone else do this?

I regularly use Louise Hay's affirmations...just love her book You Can Heal Your Life and connect with her daily affirmations on facebook, and I have her lovely desk calendar I Can Do It with a daily positive thought right here by the computer (and another in the kitchen!)

but the Afformations technique created by Noah St John (great name!)is so simple too - I decide what I want, (and assuming my Higher Self thinks it's good for me!) write it down and forget about it, I often come across these bits of paper after the thing has happened and it makes me smile! Because an afformataion asks a question it is more powerful! Check out his U-tube clip here

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It's funny I often have no idea what I'm going to blog about but today I just wanted to share this with you...something to do with the start of a new year and new opportunities for us all to do things differently!

Don't forget my new workshops are now up and available for 2014, just click on the photo below and all will be revealed...

http://emmawigginton.co.uk/page_2971987.html

Sadly I seem to be unable to upload photos at the moment (except by a very round about method!) as Google keep asking me to sign in and then says the feature is unavailable, has anyone else had this issue??

see you again soon, and hopefully with glamourous pics! 
Emmaxx