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 10, 2009

Button lady!

I am feeling a little more ''settled'' today, more accepting and more determined. Thanks to those of you who commented on my big moan from friday and also to those of you who have been very helpful over e-mail, especially Jackie, many, many thanks, it's truly appreciated. I also want to mention Jane, who said perhaps the most telling thing, the way I work makes it my work and identifies it as having come from me, containing a little part of me. So, I have decided, keep the dolls special and the wrapping cloths, whilst continuing to make the little things, yipee, I made a decision, must be a first.
Now for something completely different!! This is the beginning of a commissioned piece I have been asked to do, remember I mentioned it last week? Well this is the first part, I still have patchwork to add but I am pleased with the way it is coming along.

Inspired by this piece I have made other guessed it.....buttons!! How many pictures can you take of four buttons???? 37 to be precise! I have spared you some of them but have so many here you may get button overload, I just couldn't decide which to leave out. And guessed again....they are now in the shop.

I also managed to sneak in some of these for Ingrid, a special request as she didn't win the give away. It has taken me so long to write this post, my p.c. is very sick, crashes at will, takes an age to upload images, it's a bit of a worry actually so keep your fingers crossed for me that it recovers enough to last until I can afford a new one. Tonight I am going to start another doll, number 4, I am so excited!!! Take care x


Jackie said...

Gorgeous buttons.

MargB said...

I really love your buttons - your work is so inspiring - Never too many photos!

connie said...

Oh my the buttons are wonderful and I fully agree with MargB- Never too may photos. Yours are wonderful so I always enjoy them!

I like you commissioned piece too. Thanks for sharing.

Needles said...

You shine thorugh your work aboslutely.

The dolls are particularly fine, but honestly, each and every work you do is like looking at that photo with the 5 little rose french kots, and the grey leaves. Precise, delicate and elegant. Quite breathtaking. A long time ago someone told me its as important to feed the soul as it is to feed the body and it is really nice you are keeping that in focus.


Miss 376 said...

The commissioned piece is going to be stunning. I'm so glad you are more happy with yourself, enjoy doll number 4

Gina said...

The buttons are exquisite. I don't think you are ever selling yourself short by making small items! The commissioned piece looks beautiful too.

marie said...

your work is just beautiful and stunning.

Diane said...

Dear Karen, It's almost eerie sometimes when I read your blog. YOu echo so many of my own thoughts. I have wrestled with these same thoughts over and over. I can't just do simple. I so feel that I am doing a bad job, that the piece is unfiunushed, that people will think its shoddy work...and on and on. I sympathize with how you feel and think that you have dealt with the question in a very sensible manner. I love your big pieces and you should not be discouraged from doing them. The small items are the perfect solution. Still you in every way but helpful in filling out your shop and making things available for anyone who wishes to own a piecec of your work.

tired of smiling said...

Just wanted to say that I love the project you are currently working on. Just gorgeous.

I know what you mean about not doing things simply - I am like that, too. I've realized that if it doesn't make me happy then it's not likely to make anyone else happy. It's just not the same to create things to try to please someone else. Where's the heart in that?

Jacky said...

I can never get enough of the photos (37 of the buttons, fine by me)... and that beautiful commissioned piece.

Looking forward to your latest doll you are working on too.

Jacky xox