For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .

''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Whilst looking at other blogs I have realised how envious I am of what I would call proper 'surface designers'. Individuals who are really skilled with pencil and paint brush, or who can create masterpieces with cad. I would love to have half their drawing skills. My foundation tutor used to say that drawing is mark making, and is just as valid if the marks are made with a needle and thread. Whilst I do believe that, drawing in the conventional sense is a skill I wish I had. Obviously you can't progress through an art and design degree without some drawing, but it never really felt natural to me, I was always pulled towards the stitched mark. By way of an illustration I have posted a couple of pictures from my current 'sketch book'. As you can see I use that term loosely because it is purely embroidery, ideas I have or techniques to experiment.

Helen is coming home at the weekend with Richard and I am so excited to see her. They are shortly going to move into their first home together so guess who has been buying presents??? And we have got them tickets to go to Rovers so it should be a good weekend. On a more sombre note......I am gutted about England............In fact I feel worse just typing it out. If you come back tommorrow, I'm sure I will be over it!!

1 comment:

jill said...

I think you should forward your work to the V&A your work is truly spectacular. You could also send it to selvedge and embroidery magazine