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

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Slight Diversion

I am still embroidering onto the surface of my applique panel. It is such a large area to cover but I hope to have it damp stretching tommorrow and then I will have more images of it to show you. I also have to collect some of my work this week from a gallery where it has been exhibited for a few weeks. As soon as I get it back I am going to list it in the shop. I will keep you updated on that. In the meantime I thought you might want to see this little piece I made for a friend of mine. I was playing with the pin tick foot on my sewing machine with some silk that had text embroidered onto it by hand. I added some paper flowers to the edge, a little scrap of vintage cloth and the bottom edge was left unfinished with tangled threads. As you know, I don't normally do 'unfinished' edges, being obsessively neat and everything, but I'm glad I did with this one I am really pleased with it.

Last year I was fortunate enough to be selected for the 'One Year On' showcase at New Designers. New Designers is a massive graduate show in London with the best graduates from universities across the country getting to exhibit their work. I had been lucky enough to get to show there the year before, when I graduated, and to be invited back as one of maybe only fifity people for 'One Year On' was amazing. Anyway the reason I am telling you this is because it is nearly that time again and as I was looking at the promotional stuff for this years show I noticed that an image of my work from last year was being used. Check it out here, the image is a bit wierd, like they have tried to make it hazy, mysterious or something, but you can definitely see seven of my cloths hanging on the right. I don't know who those ghost like figures are but I am not one of them, I see anyone coming near me with a camera and I am off!! While you are there have a look around the site, there are some fantstic artists on there and it's good to 'check out' the upcoming competition!!


Victoria said...

Lovely, and I think the raw edges are very fitting.
Your textures are inspiring!

Ulla said...

It really is lovely and I am so glad to be your friend and the happy new owner of this piece of art! Thank you, Karen!
I recognized your cloths right the way, but my computer didn't show the "more pictures" on the other page of 2007's One Year On.