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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

out and about...

After the long winter the chance of a sunny warm day inspired me to text a friend and arrange a spontaneous lunch...we met at Priest's Mill in Caldbeck, one of my favourite places to go, not least for the stunning countryside and delicious food at the cafe,  but also that centre of gorgeous textile creativity, The Wool Clip!

It was just so good to be out of the house and studio and into fresh air, the scenery around Caldback and the drive there is always wonderful, even if I did have to go a rather long way round on a diversion as the usual road was closed...a metaphor for always being willing to go another way in life and trusting the road will take you where you want to go!

We had lunch al fresco and such a good catch up on our lives...what a joy...and on the way home I stopped on the road back over the moors and smelt the air and listened to the bird song and felt the wind on my skin, heard it rustling the grasses...

 
  
driving back I stopped to photograph the glory of the gorse, glowing like yellow fire in the sunlight...
 
and on my (almost) daily walk along our village road, spring is suddenly leaping ahead with green, yes glorious green, new and fresh...



even humble daisies are a joy for their beauty and simplicity and for the spring and summer potential they represent...


lambs are the eternal symbol of hope, born at often the bleakest time of the year, surviving all that the weather throws at them, and still able to play and skip in the sunshine, a reminder of childhood fun and an innocent, carefree attitude we would do well to emulate!



there is beauty and inspiration everywhere if we just have eyes to see it. I love my neighbour's rusty shed, even the barbed wire has an aesthetic quality in some strange way..


and the same neighbour had a pot of fabulous poppies, a pop of colour, hot and sizzling no matter the ambient temperature and weather...and hope for what is to come!



so I trust that whereever you are, you are getting out and about and appreciating what is around you and perhaps being inspired by the simplest things...meantime I'm back into the studio for some fabric fun, a textile group exhibition is looming so it's time to get on down with threads and yarns, upcycle some fabrics and get stitching!

have a creative week...









Sunday, 8 April 2018

how to get going, when you have no idea where you're heading...

My new work is for an exhibition called Interwoven, with a new textile group 'Fabricate' based at Florence Arts Centre near Egremont in Cumbria. We are from all textile disciplines and individually investigating 'heritage' and what it means to us. I have chosen to think about the ultimate heritage, or inheritance, which comes to us via our DNA.

But where to start with a new body of work? When your mind is blank, like the pages of a new sketchbook? Some tiny scraps and wisps of ideas are lurking...so I need to find a way to allow a chink of light, an opening for any ideas to emerge and grow.


Questions must be asked and an investigation begun! Playing with fabrics, exploring in my sketchbook. Sometimes just taking pages out of my book and covering them in paint or ink gets the ball rolling, at least it gets rid of all those blank white pages looking at me! 

This time photography may not be directly relevant, but textures or lines may stimulate a notion. I even toyed with the idea of getting my own DNA imaged!

There are no rules, other than the importance of showing up in my studio...and then something can start! 


Writing words can also help me form ideas, move me from nothing to something. Words are another way to express of what comes into my head, one word leads to another and as the flow brings new thoughts and different words, I carefully write them down, allow them out. Keywords can give focus as well as inspire and fire up my making.


Sticking and stitching into the pages is part of the process...and process opens up possibilities. No outcome is necessary...it will, I trust, unfold as the work goes forward. Happy accidents and ideas you'd never have thought of come out as you fiddle about, and you can make what seems to be awful rubbish of no value, and yet it can clear the way for the exciting stuff...you just need to get going!

Even the edges of cut off pages from another project when stitched into my sketchbook can be suggestive, linear patterns implying the orderliness of genes and genetic information.


Words when stitched with free machine embroidery make their own pattern and statement...here words are conjoined or tied together, linked as genes are linked and we are linked to our genes...


Circles and more circles keep appearing...perhaps they could be atoms and molecules, maybe cells...




Even the waste from the hole punch when stuck down and stitched into has a feeling of biological and DNA like stuctures...


Some random sketching of shapes becomes cellular structures once stitched and cutting holes out offers another dimension, we can see through the structure, perhaps to snippets of information about our genes, or a glimpse to the past or future...


Using dissolvable fabric can create delicate almost transient structures which could add into the mix...


It may all seem rather random and unconnected, and may not have any relevance as the work progresses but it is a starting point to open up ideas which develop as I experiment and explore...

How it will become a body of work is as much a mystery to me as it is to you!

let's wait and see what comes next...

By the way, have you seen Make!Craft Britain series on BBC4, really exciting and inspiring, hands on with lots to be inspired by, both the people and the crafts!

stay creative!