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







Tuesday, October 18, 2011

sketchbook....





Be careful what you wish for.....a new video. 
My first sketchbook from University. Enjoy....

10 comments:

Sunny -- aka Matriarch said...

Karen, I really like the video. It's great to see some of the work you've done in learning your art. You are quite possibly my favorite textile artist working right now. Amazing skills and the artistic sensibility to use those skills to send the rest of us out of our minds with delight when looking at your work. Thank you.

deanna7trees said...

thanks for sharing that. interesting to see how you learned to extend yourself creatively. I really had no idea what kind of teachings were involved in the curriculum you took at university.

Alma Stoller said...

thank you for sharing. This is really interesting.
Alma

Postcards from Wildwood said...

I love sketchbooks combining drawing, painting, textiles and stitch, Karen. And I adore this one. For you, not only a source of inspirtation, but also a treasure chest of memories - and lovely art too!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for making this video. There is so much to learn just by looking and listening to you talking about the page.

If you can find the time I wouldn't mind a serie of these gems.

Calypso Flowers said...

Thanks, Karen. I love finding out about the initial inspiration for a creative work of art. So often with visual arts it's a matter of LOOKING, but you often have to be taught to look.

Suztats said...

I so enjoyed this. It's seldom that I hear an artist speak about their work & their motivations, the reasons why something particular was done. Thank you.

Jeannie said...

Thank you so much! I love looking at sketchbooks and learning how others work out designs or potential ideas. I have yet to keep one, but I think this might be the year to do so. Thank again!

stitchinglife.com said...

Fascinating to see so much colour and to see how the designs develop. Like Janice, I love seeing mixed media sketchbooks too. Thank you!

MosaicMagpie said...

I enjoyed seeing the first of your sketchbooks. Very neat how you had to look at fabric textures and make them your own. I like the black and white tissue paper page.
Deb