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







Thursday, November 5, 2009

this week........

First things first, where has it gone??? Tell me it isn't thursday, tell me I have once again slipped on to that other astral plane. No....Oh well thursday it is then. I meant to post last night but in all honesty I was exhausted and couldn't string two words together and another thing, where has all the daylight gone? These pictures aren't the best, sorry. The first pic is an old one, sorry again but it's relevant to my first task of the week which was to post this wrapping cloth to it's new owner, very exciting! Her excitement is feeding my excitement if you know what I mean and this is winging it's way across the Atlantic as we speak. Obviously there was the day job too, three days spent there with evenings doing much more pleasurable things such as finishing another fragment. I have added the piece from my last post to a piece of patchwork and it's formed a sort of little pocket, I like it a lot.





next to it here is something else, half finished but they looked good together and I couldn't resist.


then there are these three little buttons, not for Sparkle, these are a gift and I can't tell you who for.......sorry again!! The white ones however are for Sparkle and I am hoping against hope that all these little things I am managing to get together are going to morph into enough work for a two day show.




As you Brits will know today is bonfire night and I feel as if I am under siege. For you non British readers Bonfire Night is a tradition which commemorates the attempt (hundreds of years ago on november 5th) by Guy Fawkes to blow up our parliament building. He didn't succeed and we celebrate that by lighting fires with his effigy on the top and by letting off fireworks creating huge bangs and blasts which are shaking my very house. I feel as if I am posting from a very active battleground, I may even duck at some point. I never did like fireworks and I am even scared of sparklers so wish me luck! Have a good week, what's left of it. x

8 comments:

Victoria said...

Love the fragment work, Karen... reminds me of freshly fallen snow. Beautiful.

And Happy Guy Fawkes Day! My daughter's been explaining it to me for the last week and I just got an email from her about the firework show she attended this evening. It sounds like a blast, no pun intended... well okay maybe it was intended! (She also enjoyed the switching on of the Christmas lights the other night!)

méri said...

Beautiful!
And your photos are always great!

Ingrid said...

Another beautiful fragment,and the buttons to!

Gina said...

The little buttons are exqusite!

Miss 376 said...

One of our cats spent the evening behind the settee, he is the proverbial scardy cat!
I love the pocket

Jacky said...

The fragment pocket is gorgeous!!! and those beautiful buttons....

You're right. The hours, days, weeks are just flying by.

Jacky xox

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Beautiful Karen, all of it. You work so quickly! Can't believe how much you get done. You seem to have plenty for Sparkle - would love to see a photo of your stall when you get it all set out.
Interesting to read your 'in a nutshell' explanation of Bonfire Bight which is almost the same as mine, only I waned to celebrate it with photos! Do you know, I think it's only us northerners that call it Bonfire Night. Here in the south it's Guy Fawkes Night.

JP said...

the buttons are just fantastic