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...

Monday, 21 March 2016

celebrating colour...and good friends

spring is here...hot on the heels of winter...you can tell from the pops of bright colour in gardens and hedgerows, and the appearance of tiny green leaves and tiny new lambs! Colour after the browns and greys of wintry days is so refreshing and inspiring, you can feel the sap rising all around!



and talking of colour, I guess some of you may already be fans of the frankly amazing Leonie Dawson and her wonderful planners and books to help you organise your life and your work. As an artist running the business side of things has been a learning curve and  a challenge, to deal with admin and pricing and stock control alongside actually making, means wearing a lot of different hats!

I love doing each aspect but it has been so much easier this year with these inspiring workbooks and the free videos which come with them. For example I am now taking much more care with my sales records (colouring in my spreadsheets is FUN!)and making myself more accountable for actually doing the admin AND the development of my art business. Focus and clarity are so important, so thanks to these fab books and Leonie's infectious enthusiasm and encouragement! 

And me and my good friend and fellow textile artist Sarah Ames now meet about once a fortnight to share our progress over a cup of tea or even lunch in a local cafe...we call it our Board Meeting! You can see Sarah's lovely work here

Link to Leonie's workbooks here:

http://tinyurl.com/jsqnr7j

and in the kitchen I am loving making delicious smoothies and juices more glorious colour...another kind friend lent me her Nutribullet thingy to have a play and it's been so easy...


being outdoors is so joyful in the brilliant sunshine we've been enjoying, husband of patience has been harvesting his willow and leaving these strange little stubby plants... and I love the effect of the tall willow wands moving the colours around... 



a selfie for you...
 

One major achievement has been getting our garlic a)ordered and b)planted. It's one of my favourite jobs as it starts the growing season off, and many a time I am out in wind and rain to do it...here it was almost warm and so sunny...


 aren't garlic bulbs just beautiful?
 

and in the studio more fun and friendship as I invited Sarah and printmaker Steph Leighton to spend a morning drawing together, which was utterly blissful. To be with other artists and talk and share tales of life and art was fun and inspiring as we often work alone with only our own comments on our work.

Sarah set to with a needle and torn paper to start an interesting textile drawing...


I played with drawing leaves in different ways with various media... 


and Steph used charcoal and created this lovely soft study of some of my garlic from last year...


which brings me almost full circle! It's part of my determination to do more drawing and sketchbook work to feed into my creative process and doing it with other people is just so much more fun, so we'll be doing it again next month.

Hope you are enjoying sunshine too...


Emmaxx



Wednesday, 9 March 2016

playing in the studio...

there are two things in my arty world which make me especially  joyful...one is being alone in my studio to play and create to my heart's content...

free machine embroidering away here on paper and painted lace


the other is when I have a workshop full of inspired happy people getting creative with stitch and fabric, where I get to share my passion for textiles, and where they get to relax and play, away from all of life's usual daily challenges, in the inspiring space of my studio...and we all end up having fun!

My 'Create a Landscape' workshop is very popular and lends itself to all kinds of textile exploration...

 







using dissolvable fabrics and papers is another favourite workshop it is always magical to sew and stitch and then wash away leaving only thread, perhaps with some snippets and fragments of fabrics added in...
  





I love how something magical happens, how pieces of fabric and reels of thread gradually become beautiful creations, each one unique to the maker, as diverse and individual as the people doing the cutting and sewing. Not everyone comes full of confidence, their experience and knowledge vary, but I try to ensure everyone leaves happy and inspired...and I learn all kinds of things too

so if this has whetted your appetite for more...

do check out my workshops on my website

maybe I'll see you in my studio one day soon...

have a wonderful creative week!

Emmaxx


 









Wednesday, 2 March 2016

monochrome for a change...

I'm trying new ways and new experiences, doing things differently in 2016, getting out of my comfort zone...so I signed up for another online workshop with Dionne Swift, this time 'Drawing For Textiles' so I have had another glorious two weeks of playing and experimenting!

for the first week it was drawing with all kinds of media, in various ways to get us to really look at a group of objects...







and the second week we moved into textiles, in monochrome to keep it simple, which is a pleasure in itself...


as you may know by now from reading my blog, my embellisher is my 'other' best friend, but here we were using it in a different way, to translate marks made on paper into fabric...a new challenge and one which brought lots of interesting happy surprises, check out here the front and back of my samples (I often turn work over to check out the back as it can show a different unplanned dimension!)












it is always good to try new ways of doing things, it builds new neural pathways in my brain and opens my eyes to opportunities for growth and development in myself and my work...as well as being fun, so really it's a win:win situation. I heartily recommend Dionne's courses, online so in your own time and space, with a Facebook group from all round the world to hook up with and share...how does it get any better than that?

see you again soon for more new and fun experiences...
 
Emmaxx