Tuesday, August 8, 2017

AUGUST 2017

It has been such a long time since I have posted anything on this blog, but with a milestone birthday this year, it is time to move on and make this blog more reflective of where I am right now.

I have just returned from a wonderful few days at the Surface Design Association Conference in Portland.  Talk about filling the well! The speakers and Petchakucha artists all were talking about their work; my head was spinning with fresh inspiration and ideas.

There were speakers talking about issues of social justice, climate change, gender; Felting, basketry, natural dyeing;  Meditation, Futuristic textiles and bodymapping.  And on and on and on.  Wow! and then there was the wonderful dinners out and wine consumption in our room with old and new friends.

A few quotes to send me off in to the future: "it takes a lifetime to get to exactly where you are"
"Be bold for what you stand for and be careful for what you fall for" "how does my current work serve as witness", "transformative power of story telling"

It was also interesting how many artists said they first learned to stitch, knit, sew from their Grandmothers - what a responsibility that puts on all of us who are grandmothers.  Have we passed on our love of textiles to those most important to us?  Both men and women referenced being taught by their grandmothers.

Interesting modern buildings in Portland

It was really stiflingly hot while we were there - definitely more tequila weather than soup weather!

This was a very large textile display in Portland airport

You could see smoke all the way home from Portland which made for interesting photos, but not good for the forest fires.

So - what was the take home from the conference?  I really need to have a story or message in my work in order for me to be passionate about it.  I am tired of doing work that is organized by others, and work that is just frivolous or decorative just doesn't do it for me.  There has to be a story.  Time is running out and my favourite quote of all is particularly pertinent now:  "art is a language - be sure you have something to say".  Nature, the beauty and the changes that are taking place with climate change are really important to me.  I need to step up and make sure I pass my love of all textiles onto my grandchildren.

I hope to start working on some new projects that I become passionate about.  Watch this space!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

MODULE 2 - CHAPTER 9

THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE AND GOLDEN SECTION:

1. Patterned pieces graded in a tonal column in the Fibonacci proportions.

2. Pattern produced in 1 cut in strips at right angles in Fibonacci proportions. Glued down with gap.

3. Similar sequence to 2 but rearranged in a different way.

4. One patterned and 1 plain paper cut into strips using Fibonacci sequence. 

4a. Same as 4

 5. Previous design cut at right angles in Fibonacci sequence. Glued onto plain background leaving gaps in Fibonacci sequence.
6.  Alternate strips have been flipped.


7. New Fibonacci block using 5 strips in tonal order.

8. Block 7 photocopied and joined together, then made into equal strips and staggered.

9. Strips as in 7, photocopied and joined together, cut into equal strips and made into a square design like a log cabin patchwork.

10. I took block 8 cut cut it in strips at 45 degree angle and rearranged them into different patterns.

11.  Squares of patterned paper using formula of the Golden Mean
 The following are pieces I made for an exhibition last year.  They are inspired by the book Sacred Geometry by Stephen Skinner. Each of the backgrounds are pieced using different geometric patterns or theories.
12a Logarithmic Spiral. The background is pieced using the Golden Mean formula

12b. Platonic Solids. This background is based on the Fibonacci series, using the numbers 1, 1, 2, 3, 5 etc. for the different coloured strips of fabric patterns.  The strips are all the same size.

12c. Sacred Feminine. This background is similar to 12b.

12d Labyrinths and Mazes; using a similar background.
  I did not use either the Golden Mean or Fibonacci Series for the next two pieces but I include them as they are part of the series.
12e Pyramids

12f.  Double Helix

MODULE 2 - CHAPTER 8

NOT WHAT IT SEAMS

SEAMS


1

2

3

4

5

6
RIBBONS




1A

1B
CORDS


1

2


TOGGLES


I am very rusty after taking such a long hiatus from the course.  It is amazing how easy it is to get off track.  We took a long vacation to Europe in the fall and then I had a series of deadlines and took an online felting course - so it was not like I was sitting on the couch eating bonbons!  However, after being a slave to deadlines, it has been fun getting back into playing and experimenting for a change.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

MODULE 2 - CHAPTER 7 - Part 2

TRADITIONAL PIECING METHOD
SEMINOLE METHOD:










A few different Seminole designs in hand dyed, and hand printed fabrics

MODULE 2 - CHAPTER 7

TRADITIONAL "PIECING" METHODS

LOG CABIN METHOD:

In Paper:

 

A few different log cabin layouts done in hand printed papers.






Similar log cabin designs made up with hand dyed and hand printed fabric