“let the beauty of what you love, be what you do” Rumi
I really must keep up with posting here. I am trying to work out a way to combine my blogs – I feel I am compartmentalising rather than presenting a whole, something I am familiar with in terms of my thinking. However, I am finding it much more difficult than I imagined.
In the meantime, here are the quilties :
May theme was free – I decided to use some multi-dyed cotton cut into strips, woven together again into two pieces, the one placed diagonally onto the other …then the stitching – my favourite part.
June theme: Birds, Butterflies and/or Bees. I chose birds – this one may look very familiar if you followed the sketchbook entry – i took it directly from one of the sketches – it works for me!
A small group of friends decided we would set ourselves a sketchbook challenge. That challenge was to fill a small (A6) sketchbook in seven days. We could choose our own theme and work in any medium – the only proviso being that if anyone used photos in their book, you would have to do three sketches to each photo used.
I chose to go with a theme that arose in a spread I did for the soul journal project which is “In Gaia’s Garden”. It is a theme I will continue to explore and develop, definitely using some of the ideas that were very quickly put to paper during this challenge. I haven’t included every single page of the sketchbook as there is a fair bit of repetition.
It was a great idea and a good experience – one I shall certainly do again.
seeds couched on leaf rubbed linen
ivy outline on leaf-printed paper
thoughts on healing hands
more playing with the human/plant connection.
That’s it ……….seeing these again fills me with ideas once more – ideas sketchbooks are definitely a great asset.
My contribution to a book made for a friend who was not at all well – many friends made pages and the book was an absolute beauty, the recipient was more than happy with the surprise .
The quote I used on the back is one I love and one which said what I wanted to express:
“Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting
that a new world is born”
I have been neglecting this blog for far too long, mainly because I have been concentrating on the story cloth quilt I am creating/obsessing on, apologies.
However, I didn’t realise it had been so long since I had posted here – well slap my wrists!
So, what have I been doing?
Firstly there is this:
A page for a friend’ s Travelling Colour Journal. I chose green….this was way back in February.
The monthly quilties continue on Unlimited Textiles. This month’s theme being ‘Abstract’; this is my offering:
I have been absent and for that I apologise. I am totally consumed by my Land of Dreaming project and reacquainting myself with the mythologies and Goddesses of my homeland – I am engrossed and loving it .
The latest posting for this project is
An extremely belated new year posting. I hope this year has begun in the way you each wished for.
I have been very quiet – well, silent here, but I have been creating. Back in November I embarked on a new project, a call from the Wild Mother – Baba Yaga (one of Her many guises) it was who summonsed me to the Land of Dreaming. Initially I thought this would be a written and illustrated journey, however, shortly after starting it became very clear how I wanted to visualise and interpret this. My chosen method is a story cloth – a quilt if you like, but not a traditional one. As my thinking process progressed it became clear to me that I wanted to journal/log each step of the way, so I have set up a blog specifically for this piece of work. The background, the thinking process, the making of the cloth itself and the beginnings of the journey are all being logged at: The Land of Dreaming.
I would be glad if you would join me there as I proceed.
I will continue to post work from other projects here, but have a feeling they will be few and far between – I am so engrossed in this and want to see if I can really focus charting each step of the way, right up until completion.
This month’s theme is Winter – no suprises there. I decided on a Solstice-type interpretation. Many layered white fabrics, stitching with dashes of silver here and there.