We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

My First Voyage Quilt - LIMBO

So the theme is Where I Am.  The answer came very quickly for me as did the initial concept. Then it was just a matter of bringing it to life. 

Where I Am - LIMBO, that's where I am these days. In just about every aspect of my life...LIMBO. Not in the theological definition. More in the idea of so many things not settled. Everything is up in the air. So that is where I am taking you with this art quilt  - to my state of limbo.

I do feel as though I am barely balanced and no definite (or sometimes even a hint of) direction to go to solve any of these issues. All of them are mostly out of my control.  Others are left to decide my fate. The green verdant background is the beautiful fields of abandon where I long to frolic and play....just almost within reach. The cliff on the left is the sturdiness of knowing at least my immediate future plans. But now...I'm struggling in mid air and always feeling like any day I could plunge into the roiling tumult below me. The solid part on which I can still put my feet is my faith. It is often the only thing that keeps me upright.

So that is my story of Where I Am.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

First quilt- India

Hello all,
number 14 of our 10 people group finally reporting in.
I am relishing the challenge of making small quilts....I  usually work in a much larger mode.
I also appreciate the challenge I have set for myself to work in fabric, most of my art quilt career [actually all of it] I have used the interpretation of a quilt "2 or 3 layers of cloth pieced by stitch" very loosely and felted my quilt tops and them stitched back into them.
Trying to think back it is probably 20 years since I have pieced anything....don't look to closely at one corner- it shows!
In the back of my mind for some while I have wanted to explore story clothes or sketching on fabric and a long time ago was really taken by an exhibition I saw in Paducah, USA based on modern interpretations of tradtional blocks.
So I think my offerings are going to be based on my local hand spun, handloom fabrics, possibly some block print, sketching and some reference to traditional blocks.
Attempt number 1
Humara Yaha [Our Place]

Literally where we are, bordered in red for the heart and my camel [in India they say camels are for love and my Baba was a birthday gift from my husband], a log cabin block in the middle [ I read somehwere once that log cabin refers to the home/heart and traditionally has red in the middle- no reference now but like the story] surrounded by layers and boy is life in India a chance to delve into layers of being.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Textile course

I don't know whether study plans are contagious, but I enrolled this weekend with the Open College for the Arts. I am starting with the first course for my BA Hons Textile degree. As far as I know they are the only institute who give this kind of course through distance learning.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

School in Canada

I have just received acceptance to the Textile arts progam at the Capalino University, in Vancouver Canada. I am so excited. It will really help my work. No more complaining about not having a sewing machine, or knowing how to do printing etc. It will be fun to see how my work changes. I wondered about taking part in this challenge, now it will be fun to see the growth.