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Saturday, 6 February 2016

where to start...

after a long spell away from blogging it feel strange that a whole month has passed and I haven't even felt the urge to blog. January has been a good month, and I've had a wonderful start to 2016, so firstly let me welcome you back to my blog, and to whatever and however it is going to be this year! 

My favourite flowers are here bravely doing their thing, bringing beauty and optimism to a still wintry world...


and I may choose to blog less or I may choose to blog more, we shall see. I am doing lots of new things this year so this too may be experimental, and I feel free to do what feels right for me, and I trust you will understand. It is 5 years since I posted my first photograph and daringly wrote a few words on my original blog. This is my space to express myself in words and pictures, and maybe to inspire others, sometimes with art and creativity and sometimes with something of life or nature or whatever else has been happening...



My kickstart to creativity firstly this year was a wonderful online sketchbook course with the textile artist Dionne Swift. Liberation and inspiration, and great value for money! 2 weeks of online tutoring and a facebook group to join in with and enjoy seeing everyone else's work was magical. I can heartily recommend her course...and in fact I am starting her 'Drawing for Textiles' next week, so there will be more to show you soon. I may well not blog as it's for 3 weeks...and you will understand I will be otherwise occupied!

So many interesting and exiting surfaces and textures and marks came out of the first course, here's a little taste...



messing with marks and I just found myself moving into stitch...


drawing, cutting out and creating accidental 3D was fun...



loved creating layers seeing through one page to another...


so many possibilities just present themselves once you get playing and freeing yourself up...
 

I found myself stitching into paper which is always exiting, with or without thread, then I even held it up to the light and enjoyed the layering of holes with threads and the soft effect achieved...





Even though it's still winter here I do like to get out for a walk most days, especially when it's sunny...there's always some inspiration, in a line of hedgerow, or bright green moss on a branch



and always there are textures to inspire...here on the bark of trees





water and barbed wire, lovely lines just asking to be translated into a textile piece...


a sunny glade just to brighten the page with light...


and back in my studio a new sketchbook awaits me...a cover made from old C-art catalogues to inspire me to get creative one more...


Great to be here and sharing, trust this finds you bright and cheerful and creating too...here's to 2016 being a wonderful art and joy filled year for us all!


Emmaxx