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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!








2 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading this blog and looking at your recordings, thank you.

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  2. thanks Irene, glad you enjoyed it!

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