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, 18 September 2012


Well, it is finally finished. I have never had a piece be this difficult and I am not sure yet if I am happy about it.

The idea came from a Reiki course I did in May, and we talked about the Chakras and their colours. I had been working with squares and triangles in my embroideries and wanted to continue that idea, but in a different way. When I plotted it out on paper (and I really never do this), it seemed to work great and I liked the result. I had this rich deep green rayon velvet that I got for another project that I wanted to use. I also wanted to incorporate the beads and some of my copper foil. So by the end of May, I knew what I wanted to do.

So I had the basic idea. Then the problems started. I wanted the coloured squares to have a metalic sheen to reflect the copper, but didn't know how to create this, and I would need 7 colours. This held me up for a long time, until I got to Vancouver, and thought of ribbon. I managed to find a shiny ribbon in all the colours I needed. Then I just had to figure out how to turn them into tiny 1 inch squares. I sewed the slippery ribbon over cardboard squares, and when I figured out how to do it on the bias, voila, it worked.

So, I basted on the basic gridand and started to attach the squaares onto the velvet. I hadn't wored with velvet for ages, and as a friend says, it creeps. Nothing stayed straight no matter how much I pinned, basted, or anything. So, instead of my very structured piece, I ended up with this. I am happy that I found foil in different colours, and the lurex threads were great.  I think it will grow on me and I am sure that I will be MUCH looser in my next piece.

School is started, and we are working hard on pattern and design. I hope it helps in future work.


  1. This seems a real development from your earlier Voyage pieces Trish and what an original source of inspiration.

  2. Thanks Jean, I am looking forward to working in series, and also using some of the ideas I am developing in School.

  3. This is a very intriguing piece, especially as I have done lots of yoga in my time and know about chakras. Didn't know they had colours though!. Velvet is always the devil to work with, I have given up trying to use it.Look forward to hearing more about your course.