November 15, 2013
just had to post this, its so beautiful, not the fact its Alexander McQueen or Damien Hirst that an aside really, but the ethereal, flowing silk, like the gossamer thin wings of a butterfly
November 5, 2013
these past weeks my ever enquiring creative mind has been journeying along a sewing path, in fact there are two paths running parallel.
One fairly structured, neatly folded lengths of pure grey merino wool, inky blue linen, oiled and waxed cotton, and an armful of patterns and notions. All awaiting the alchemy that happens when scissors, fabric, pins and sewing machine work their magic. All courtesy of Merchant and Mills in Rye, they have a great on-line shop but there is nothing like a visit, getting to meet the owners and feeling the cloth in one’s hand………………..
My other path of threads and fabrics has taken me along the route of a totally hand stitched product, repurposed fabrics, frayed edges, hand dying and embroidered embellishments, a lot of this is still in my head and sketches. I want to create a “cloth” something that speaks about the world I inhabit internally. A world away from machines, from the world’s hardened edges, a soft yet powerful place where the seeds of creativity are birthed. These two ladies helped help spring this journey into life
October 31, 2013
spooky, but love the feathered head dress
October 18, 2013
I came upon this footage today, forget about the underwear just sit back for 3 minutes and watch this foot tingling footage.
Although I found it quite breathtaking in many ways, the total confidence in these young men as they skip along at dizzying heights and remembering what it is like to stand at high altitude, the heart expands with the sheer beauty of it all. However, life is sacred and why put it at risk?
Yes it makes us truly present, truly alive, nothing else can enter the mind, no past to contend with and no future projections that can teint each breathtaking moment as it unfolds. But is it worth the risk?
some woud say yes ! it is worth taking, that feeling of “aliveness” that comes from being a hairs breath away from certain death. I am not one of those people………… living, loving and giving keeps me truly rooted here
Guess when we really think about we put ourselves at risk each day just living on this planet now, breathing in toxic fumes, our contaminated food chain, just walking across a busy road even……. Put this way being on top of a mountain doesn’t seem so bad !!
October 13, 2013
Knitting !! haven’t done this for so many years, but I wanted to bring some sunshine to my bathroom, it’s all very “grey”, polished plaster, grey mosaic and dark wood floors. When looking on Flickr saw the perfect item, not only to use up all my scraps but to bring those holiday sunshine colours into my daily routine. As you can see here, its lovely and bright !
Well I have used almost all my scrap bits from christmas quilting spree and still have a fair bit to go !! not sure yet what to complete it with, looks like I may have to buy some more fabric, nothing suitable on the clothes front to cut up : (
the whole process has been so easy, I do not have a tv to distract me (nearly 8 years now ) ! just sat in a comfy chair, listened to audio book and watched it grow.
Just a size 11 needles (circular) not so heavy to deal with, cast on 60 stitches and just straight forward knit rows. I joined my scraps and made large balls, but I imagine if your pieces are longish you could join as you go along. Although this mat just gobbles up the fabric, not sure if crocheting maybe less hungry. I like the frayed rag look of the tied ends, but maybe when cutting the scraps into lengths, anything between 3-5 cms you could cut the lengths stopping about 3-5 cms from one end forming a continuous length. May try this if I make another one in the future
A big thankyou to Jennifer http://www.flickr.com/photos/51126367@N06/10103126196/lightbox/