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, October 24, 2009

Photographing whitework....a challenge

I really can't believe it is 10.30 pm on saturday!! Where has the week gone? I changed my days at work...... for one week only.... instead of monday, tuesday and wednesday I worked wednesday, thursday and friday. Consequently I spent all day wednesday thinking it was monday and haven't really figured out what day it is since!! Yesterday, (friday I think) school broke up for half term so it's a full week off. I have huge plans, huge I promise you. They started today by planning to take photos of my latest work and then some clearing, tidying and sorting out of my new 'space' now the interlopers have gone. Well it was chucking it down this morning, dark and dreary so off I went to sort out the sorting out. Excellent progress there, pics soon I hope. Then the sun came out so I dashed to get my camera and do you know I think there was too much sun. It has been so hard to get a half decent picture of this white piece. It really is much nicer than it looks here. These are hopefully going to be cushions for Sparkle.
This cutwork piece reminds me of something and I don't know what, a pendant, a locket, I can't quite get what it is. Any ideas? It's really annoying me actually. Anyway I have produced these two cushion fronts and finished my latest fragment. Unfortunately by the time I finished that it was dark, night time, so I couldn't take any pictures. It will have to wait for next time.
This week really has been wierd, kind of like living in some kind of parallel universe, can't quite put my finger on it but I honestly feel like I have lost some time somewhere, slept through a day or missed a week. Does anyone else get like that? I'm sure they do I can't be the only strange one around here. So I am going to write a list for tomorrow, tick it off as I do it and then I will have evidence that I've been here and achieved something. I'm also going to do some blog visiting, some answering of e-mails and some responding to all your great comments, it takes me so long to get round to it that I'm suprised you bother coming here at all. I am eternally grateful.x


Dolores said...

It's always a delight to visit. Yes, some days I do think I have missed way too much and really have a hard time remembering what day it is.

Victoria said...

I think the photos are gorgeous! As for the colorful circles of cutwork... reminds me of an tiny antique "paperweight" glass button my father once bought me... little flecks of colored glass dancing all around the inside.... very lovely, (both the button and the your cutwork!)

And as for the way time can speed up or slow down, making us feel like we are in some altered existence/parallel universe... that happens to me too. Sometimes, I think our human belief that time is something which is consistent and that can really be measured, is actually one big cosmic joke, and the joke is on us!

Gina said...

It is always a pleasure to visit your blog... such a visual feast as ever!

Jacky said...

It will be so nice to be on holidays...lots of time to stitch and play.
I know that feeling too...sort of on rote, getting things done, but in automode, the world just passing by.
Love this new work. I have always loved the cutwork with the fabrics/embroideries peeping through.

Jacky xox

Miss 376 said...

All the time! I'm hoping to catch up with myself this week, I think I got lost in a black hole (aka child's bedroom!)
I love the whitework. I know the sun probably caused you problems with the photos, but I love the shadows it throws off from the stiching.
Enjoy your week off

Chrissie said...

I love the idea of making a list so that you know you were there!

JP said...

I just love the little bits of colour - magical!

Anonymous said...

I love the coloured cutwork - it reminds me of a keyhole. But then I have keyholes on the brain at the moment.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Always enjoy my visit here...Eye candy and reflections...silly or serious.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, the patience with which you have been gifted! Truly beautiful things, you must have a beautiful mind. =) Now that I've found your blog, I will most certainly visit again. Thank you for the highlight of my day! /Linda in Sweden