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







Monday, July 18, 2011

ruched muslin...




More  muslin, more paperwork, more creativity sparked by a love of lace. Paperwork seems to be popular, liked by many and sought after by a few. I am going to continue with this for a while. I have a few exciting things coming up and now may not be the time to change direction. I suppose paperwork is still  'me'. I like to think that it says Karen Ruane in the same way as my work on cloth does. Does it? What do you think? I use the same stitches, I am inspired by the same things, I still use white to the point of exhausting white.
Do you remember I was writing an article a little while ago? Well that is out on the first of August. I have also been asked to submit images for a book...coming out who knows when. I was approached last week about an online feature that requires images. I have been asked to do something In August that I won't say much about yet because it has me so scared that I may run off and hide before it happens...suffice to say I wish I had time to fit in a facelift first. So changing direction at this moment may not be wise....
Thing is though...here comes the but, isn't there always a but? I miss cloth, I miss cloth on it's own without a paper base. I miss hexagons. I even miss cutting out the templates for hexagons. So what to do......try and combine the two...we shall see how that works, if it's do-able. 
Meanwhile, this piece is listed.....I have a stack of card and a pencil at my side for template cutting, I am both excited and scared....and in need of another ''to do'' list.

16 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I do like the combination of cloth and paper, but can understand you missing 100% cloth

Flaming Nora said...

OOh a row of little kisses along the border of the meadow. Or may be its the Alpine meadow running next to the formal garden. There is a stream too, but its off the page, all you can see is the bank, with its edging of wild french knot flowers.

Lois Evensen said...

I guess that's what happens when you become so much in demand! All of a sudden you are working on things that others want and you miss being able to do the things that are such fun when creating something different.

lei said...

i think your fabulous work would be recognizable even if you started working in black.

It looks as though good things are beginning to happen. About time and well deserved!

lei said...

WooHoo! Looks like I just may have solved my Google account problems. Should knock on wood though--I've had problems with this account since day one.

Joanna said...

All sounding good and very positive, and I'm sure you'll be fine

Rachel said...

The work on paper says "Karen's work" to me just as your work on paper does. And I'm looking forward to hearing more about your other projects too...

Iceni UK said...

Karen, how exciting, you will be fine, who could not like your beautiful embroidery. Deep breath...relax and go for it...
Good luck my friend.

Montreat Designs said...

This is wonderful news!!!!!!! Guess we all know who to call when needing quotes for our own dust jackets!

Love this work. The fabric reminds me of how sand looks after the tides pulls back.

I have just ordered 'The Art of Fabric Manipulation' to learn smocking techniques.... And your piece reminded me to be excited!!!!

Great news!

deanna7trees said...

i think that most of your followers could pick out your work be it paper or cloth. it is all uniquely you and beautiful.

Carol Q said...

definitely you Karen - never seen anything else remotely like it! love the way you've gone into the corner with the fabric and knots

Suztats said...

Exciting things coming up. Wonderful!

stitchinglife2 said...

This all sounds very exciting... and these images are marvellous

Michelle Kendrick Hartney said...

Your paperwork is absolutely incredible!!!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Submitting images for a book? YAY!!! Now to get you convinced that you NEED to have a book of your own. This is a great first step though. Please keep us posted about what book it is so we can check it out!
Regarding your question about your work - personally I would know your work anywhere. There is no-one out there (at least that I've seen) that does anything remotely similar.

underatopazsky said...

Utterly gorgeous - they remind me of aerial landscape photographs taken in deep pristine snow.