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

Monday, March 24, 2008

Absolute Delight!

Wrapping Cloth Six is finished. I am truly happy with the way it has turned out. I wish I could keep it, but like I said to my husband, I can't afford it! After much pinning, tacking and basting it all came together better than I could have imagined.

Before I put it all together and backed it I decided I wanted more text, so a strip was constructed for the top edge with the words, domesticity, utility and devotion, all appropriate to the motivation behind my work. A small section of that is visible below. I cannot seem to get good images of the full piece, but hopefully with the smaller close ups you will get an idea of how it looks.

I ALWAYS prefer to hand finish my edges, ( see the running stitch below?) it is so much more personal and looks so much better in my humble opinion.

Here (immediately below) you can see cloth six laying on top of cloth five. I made cloth five some time ago for 'New Designers One Year On' last summer. It is very similar to cloth four and is also going into the coming exhibition.
I hope the folowing images give you a good idea of how the whole thing looks. You cannot see it here, but the loops extend along from the smocked panel to the end of the applique and cutwork panel, giving a full edge of Rouleau.

I have to take the work here tommorrow where it will be hung in the same way as my previous pieces, like domestic cloths.
I am now working on my next cloth, no rest for the wicked, and will keep you posted. In the meantime I have been agonising over the shop again!!!! I still don't feel it does justice to who I am and what I am about, so there may be some changes coming up.
Have a lovely day! xx


Camilla said...

These look absolutely stunning- I wish I could see them 'in real life'. One thing with the Etsy shop I noticed is you aren't using all your 'tags'. It might be worth you going back and adding in tags like 'uk' and 'international' which some people use to search for things that are UK based, or will ship internationally. Oh and also list sizes in inches as well as cms, because the US doesn't understand metric. Some of the most successful shops seem to use a bright background- origami paper for example that would contrast with the delicate nature of your pieces, although i'm not sure that's the 'look' you want to go for it might be interesting to see what happens when you change your backgrounds around. Ummm i'm terrible for things like this because my shop is a total mess and I really don't know what I want to do with it!

sparkle jars said...

I am always so impressed and inspired by your work. I'm always checking in to see what you are up to. :-)Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

It is stunning work indeedy. I can never think of the right words but this always looks good and even better in real life.

little dresses said...

I found your blog tonight, and I wanted to tell you how much I liked looking around. So pretty!

Ulla said...

The gallery seems like a perfect place for your cloths! The newest one turned out lovely. I hope you can again make pictures of the exhibition so we can see the whole thing.

syko kajsa said...

Stunning! I would love to see the whole thing!

Camilla said...

Sorry about my long and waffling comment from the other day- here I am back with more! I totally understand what you mean about your shop not being what you are about- my made by milla shop is full of things that I make, but don't feel like I have 100% ownership of them. My other work, my 'real' work is very different to the things I list in the shop. I always feel like i'm too diverse and that no-one will see what i'm really 'about', but from the feedback I get it seems people do see something that links all my work together- from serious installations to 1" badges. I just wish I could see that myself.