Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
This week I've become even more aware of this 'expertise gained through practice' as I've a) tried a new way of putting a piece together and b) begun to consider a longer term project inspired by comments by Edmund de Waal talking about his 1,000 hours project -
I decided to use a collage technique for my next 12bythedozen piece and happily arranged my chosen components into what I considered an appropriate arrangement but then what? None of my experience applied - did I use glue, hidden stitching, running stitch, overlay with organza then stitch?? There were so many questions it was some time before I realised that I just had to do something to find out whether it was viable for me at all. (The piece is finished, was fun to do but veered away from the original challenge - oops.) Will I do another collage, yes and another, because only in that way will the significance of the technique become secondary to what I want to make - the circle completed!
In thinking about how I could apply Edmund de Waal's re-iteration of a process to an idea that's been stewing in my mind for some time I realised that I was putting technique before the work I wanted to make and my reasons for making it. My idea is something that needs to be 'got on with' but without too much thinking. In this case I have the technical ability and need to let the stitching direct the next steps - but wait, which fabric will I use, will I finish each piece individually, how will I mount the work ...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Returning to the idea of the personal cost a person's labour I've gone back to the spinning industry of the nineteenth century for my inspiration. I have the source and some contemporary accounts - my problem will be fitting all that into an A3 piece!
Friday, October 04, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
More significantly I happened to take a rare peek at my visitor numbers, they were never high - I can't do self publicity, but it seems that they have halved with the loss of Google Reader. Typically for this time of year my posts are less frequent which may be part of the reason but there also seems to have been an increase in blog-style posts on Facebook.
I'm on Facebook, but like many people my age use it as much for keeping up with my family as anything else. I can't imagine using Facebook to keep track of the projects that I'm working on, but interesting images appear from time to time:
Thursday, September 19, 2013
But, I can add colour and what if I add it log cabin, possibly even QAYG, style?
I like the idea of using this piece of bark cloth, but at the present size, about14" square, there would need to be a lot more done to add visual interest to the piece. And as I type I'm thinking about some of the motifs on the 'thank you' fabric that could be cut and applied .... Hmmmm
Thursday, September 12, 2013
After a couple of failed attempts based on abstract ideas I had to stop and think about why I had a problem with this particular colour. Doing so resulted in a design idea - though not in the way that I had anticipated:
My technique was a bit 'off' I suspect I went through the layers the wrong way - I certainly found myself trying to get my hands and scissors into some awkward places to finish the piece.
Our next challenge is a lot more interesting colour wise - but I've no idea how it will fit into my way of working:
Thursday, September 05, 2013
It doesn't help that this photo shows the wrong side of the plank. This is the right side:
So why am I showing fabrics and talking about planks? It's because of this man:
I've joined the No. 1 African Fabric Shop Quilt Challenge! and you can read more about it here - help_musas_clinic I'm one of the 'mad' quilters (Thanks Magie!) and definitely intend to join in the auction in the hope of raising more money.
If anyone is inspired by my plank, I'd love to hear from you!
Friday, August 30, 2013
On the other hand I had a phone call yesterday from Grosvenor exhibitions to say that the same piece has won the 'Best Use of Colour' award at the Harrogate Quilt show, so I may be in for my first rosette!
Friday, August 16, 2013
First there was this - the arrival of the lovely, new Mrs. Bilsborrow:
And then there was this:
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
These pieces have both been on show before in smaller exhibitions but do I have their measurements or a statement to hand? Of course not, so I have to measure and write, all over again ... there is a lesson to be learned here!
Saturday, August 03, 2013
I've started to jot down snatches of conversation overheard, mainly on public transport - 'Did you take your pills?', 'Will he notice me in this?'. (It was neon pink, whatever the garment was, I'm sure 'he' would notice, but whether it would detract or deter who can tell?) I have a whim to translate these sayings into a series of pieces depicting the different stages we go through as we 'grow up'.....
And yes, there was a time when we painted three walls of our first flat burnt orange, and the forth wall red ... ah well, we only have one red wall now that we're both 'pensioners'!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
However today I did switch on the sewing machine and even put in a few hand stitches to make .....
... a tie for my daughter's two year old so that he can look like his Dad at our son's wedding this weekend. Really looking forward to it!
Friday, July 19, 2013
When the quilt returned home I hung it and looked at it and considered it and time vanished. (Mostly, it seems, spent looking for an out fit for my son's forthcoming wedding that wasn't frills, lace or organza!!!) Now I'm about to pack up the said quilt and I'm cross that this piece is going to FoQ with makeshift quilting on it.
Must do better.
Friday, July 05, 2013
In my haste to get my Horizons piece off in time I almost forgot to take a photo, and I'm going to have to wait for it's return before I can take a proper photo. The light was so bad that it wasn't worth unwrapping it!
I didn't fully resolve the colour difference between the traditional and the contemporary but there is a greater transition now than first appeared. Technically the piece is fine but it doesn't really convey the message that I wanted to convey. I had to add some text to do that, and if I have to spell it out for myself, heaven help the viewer! On wards and upwards.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Google Reader keeps reminding me that it will be closing on July 13th and I wonder what impact this will have on people's blog reading and writing habits.
I've used a reader of some sort ever since I realised that following blogs was likely to be something I'd do on a regular basis and Google Reader quickly became my first choice. I've exported my reading list to both Feedly and Old Reader but I'm not totally comfortable with either, yet.
But more importantly I wonder about those people who aren't ready when Google closes or who perhaps lose their list of RSS feeds? (I'll only know that my exports have been totally successful once Google has closed!) will they laboriously re-create their reading lists? I suspect not. And what then of the impact on those who write blogs and see their visit numbers drop off? My blog is written for me, it's not a journal but it does mark points in my quilt making that I don't record elsewhere. So whilst I'm not driven by visitor numbers many other blogs that I read that are. Only time will tell.
Friday, June 14, 2013
It's a sad reflection of our inability to learn from the past that people are still suffering from this kind of exploitation today. So today I have begun garnering copyright free images starting with wikimedia.org . I'm going to have to do a lot more stitching before any firm ideas develop, but it's a start:
Friday, June 07, 2013
Having spent most of yesterday stitching I was quite proud of the pile of 'squares' building up by my machine. I then made the mistake of laying them out on my work table and was surprised to find that I'd made barely a third of what I need and there certainly won't be enough fabric to finish the quantity required for my Horizons piece. I feel a shopping trip and a few late nights coming on ....