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, December 10, 2009

New

The start of something different yet the same......if you know what I mean. First there is quite a lot of colour in this. The reason....it's mirroring (hopefully) the vintage cloth that's included and will be used some more before it's finished. My plan is to add to this in a ''swaddling band'' kind of way, make it long, quite narrow. I have been working on this since last weekend and finished it ready for damp stretching last night. It's going to be a slow process though so bear with me, please. Today has been a day of shopping, the food kind and putting up christmas trees. Two to be precise and lighting up some outside foliage. I love lights at any time of the year so don't ever need much persuasion.
Today I took quite a big step...I signed up for the Contemporary Textile Fair in march 2010. I may have been serene and fragrant at the end of the Sparkle build up but I was more stressed and then some at the start of it so don't hold your breath because I think the stress will emerge sooner rather than later! First there is christmas though, and I love christmas. Mega shopping plans for saturday, Manchester here I come. Then three more days at work and three whole weeks holiday, marvellous, the advantage of being employed by a school! In the meantime there are buttons to make for a christmas gift and more ''fragment'' work planned. Hope you are enjoying your festive build up as much as I am.x

17 comments:

Jackie said...

I love this fragment and I'm green with envy about the contemporary textiles fair. I think thats the right decision for you.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Ooooooohhhh....more color! So bright and cheery during the winter greys. (snow on the ground here) I will be patient and wait to see what you make for the Fair.

Miss 376 said...

Beautiful, love the colours

Jacky said...

Loving it...... I know I keep saying I love the white on white...but I love this too. I just love all of it!!!!

Beautiful colours...

Enjoy your Christmas Shopping. I love this time of the year!

Jacky xox

Gina said...

Gorgeous Ice Cream colours! I love the build up and preparations for Christmas too... as long as it doesn't start before December!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Beautiful colours! I love your white on white but these complement that so well - a bit like The White Company started out all white but now have tasteful colours alongside them. (Do you know them?) I agree with Jackie - I think Contemporary Textile Fair sounds just right for you. Have you ever looked into the Country Living Fair? I'm sure it will be expensive for a stand, but definitely well advertised and attended. I've been to one of their Christmas Fairs in London and the quality of the artisans / sellers was definitely in line with your work. I'm sure they're the sort of magazine that would also be interested in doing an article on you. See, I have so many good ideas. Maybe I should be your manager...?!!!!

jennyflower said...

Good plan for the fair- much more your bag! I too am loving the colour- not so much the festive build up- as there doesn't seem to be any in this house!! Enjoy, xxxxx

Diane said...

I bet you see french knots in your sleep! Girl, are your fingers ready to fall off yet? You have impressed me once again...

kay susan said...

These are lovely. If you had asked me if you should put more colour in your work I would have said 'no, it's perfect as it is' and I would have been wrong!

Walden said...

Beautiful! I love how colorful it is.

jess said...

This. is. STUNNING!

Elizabeth said...

You have outdone yourself again. What a drop gorgeous fragment you made.

Happy stitching!!!

Threadspider said...

I always feel so rewarded when I come here. It's beautiful, Karen.

Clare Wassermann said...

Fabulous work - so happy shopping!

méri said...

Just another exquisite work, Karen!

Tammie Lee said...

these beauties remind me of the ancient ivory hand carved ball. We had one as I grew up, there were 23 balls that we could count. Each one moved separate from the one around it. Amazing, the layers are so intriguing.

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