I spent the weekend working for NSEAD teaching art / textiles teachers. I do love teaching teachers, they are so enthusiastic. I was showing them lots of hand-sewn fabric manipulation so while they were quietly stitching away, I got some stitching done too. Kind of interactive sample-making.
I do love working with velvet. This is a silk/ viscose mix – a remnant I bought from Cloth House years ago. Not my usual vintage/recycled/organic fabric, but so utterly lovely that I had to do something with it. This is a small sample piece probably destined to be a bag. I have ideas for a small range of very luxurious bags floating around in my mind, so this is the first stage.
I’m also doing a bit of just playing around, fiddling with materials and seeing where it takes me. I’ve done a few applications for projects recently that are more conceptual than my work has every previously been. So even though I haven’t got the commissions, I’m playing with the ideas now and again. So this one is another November blue, a sort of collaboration, almost. A piece of lapis, cut, polished and given me by a friend, incorporated into a pincushion. It’s not finished, this is just a first draft. There is a lot more I want to do with this, but I’m not sure what yet.
I’ve got another piece on the go which is a longer-term project – burying fabric underground over the winter and digging it up in the Spring, following on from a project proposal a friend and I did for work based around archaeology. I’ve got the piece cut up ready, just haven’t yet mooted the idea to my landlord about burying stuff under his winter cabbages!
So I guess I’m stitching my way out of the November blues and starting the new year early full of new ideas and exciting things for 2010.
5 thoughts on “November Blues”
Sounds like you have lots of ideas brewing. Can't wait to see what becomes of them.By the way saw your book in Waterstones the other day and thought oooo I read her blog LOL it feels like a near brush with fame.
if you want to dig the hole you can bury it over here – plenty of digging needs doing, lol!
Loving the blue bobbles! Perfect use for that velvet. May I ask what the fabric you've used for the main body of the pin-cushion? A felted garment, I'm assuming. You have one very lucky friend there. I've made a vow to give only re-purposed, recycled and homemade this Christmas, but am not sure I'll reach your creative heights. Will keep you posted. Sometimes a bluesy patch happens to force us to slow down, take stock and recuperate. Sounds like you maybe needed that space between great bouts of busy-ness. Nil desperandum.
Love the pin cushion. Thought it was a full sized one – that would be lovely too
Your work is really inspiring for a learning Textile-Design Student! Was looking for help on fabric manipulation. Stumbled upon your blog. Loving your work. =)