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

Saturday, September 27, 2008


My little patchwork squares appear to have spurred me on ( after a fashion!) in my quest for improved artwork. These are the very begining of a series of small pieces which will fit in a frame or mount onto a canvas or similar. They are by no means absolutely finished in my head yet, so it may be a little while before they sit complete in the shop but I really do feel like I am making progress.
I am not sure about the collage transfer section here. The pale sheen that has appeared since I applied the glue is slightly off putting against the pure white. I don't understand why it has done that. I use a very pure, archival quality water based adhesive in any collage I do. The only thing I can think is that perhaps there is some kind of finish on the transfer itself which reacted, or maybe my brush was not completely clean. It is back to the thinking cap with this one.

As for pin pricking, I had forgotten how lovely it is just to sit with a pin and some good quality watercolour paper and prick away to your hearts content. In one of my degree modules c. 2005 I created a whole series of works using this method and received a very high mark......why haven't I been back to it before now? Good question and the answer is I simply don't know.
As for life in general, work is great, I really enjoy it but I am so tired all the time. I should go to bed earlier but I fight that as I have so much else I want to do. Now I think I am paying the price because today I have the most awful sore throat and headache. Lets hope it passes soon and I can really get a good run at my new work.
Don't forget the give away two posts down, draw day is tuesday, probably late at night, good luck and thanks to everyone who has left such amazing comments so far.
Have an amazing weekend!x


méri said...

Hope you can rest during the
weekend ... and the headache goes away!

Kayla coo said...

I hope you feel better soon.
I do like your pin prick work,the texture,linking paper to cloth,stiches to paper.

Kayla coo said...

sorry I did mean stitches!

Victoria said...

More beautiful and intriguing work! I look forward to seeing its continued evolution. Hope you can get some rest and feel better soon!

Ulla said...

Really lovely new ideas! But it is important to take care of your health as well, so please take it a little easier this weekend!

jude said...

i love the new texture combination here. i am a bit under the weather too. change of season along with other things. best to you.

Miss 376 said...

Love the pin prick piece-reminds me of some icing patterns my mum used to do. Hope you feel better soon

Jacky said...

I love the pin pricking and cant wait to see this piece finished.

I havent done any pinpricking for a long time either...maybe I will have a play with it again when I get back from my holiday.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

ginie lee said...

I love the pin pricking, I can almost feel the texture! Love the blue text on the silk also , hope that you are feeling better.