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, March 15, 2012

fragile....




A small sample I made for the girls on 'extending embellishment'' ....and yes, they have seen it. I am gathering quite a collection of samples and am now trying to decide how I would like to keep them. Some kind of book perhaps or maybe a large sheet, small samples mounted in a visibly appealing way. I haven't decided yet but I do need to do something more permanent with them because at the moment they are all over the dining table....it's only a matter of time before they encounter gravy!! Swiftly followed by a divorce and a breakdown....
I seem to be getting later and later posting my blog...in terms of time of day. That's probably because my mornings are  mostly spent with a video camera these days and before I know it we are in the afternoon. I don't know that it matters...does it? I'm also thinking that you haven't seen a video for a while too....well not one of mine anyway...and then last Sunday I found  something extra, extraordinary.....don't know if it's video worthy but I do think you would be interested....am I brave enough though? That's the question.....


10 comments:

deanna7trees said...

sure...you're brave enough. just do it.
Velma, of 'wake robin', http://velmabolyard.blogspot.com/, suggested to me that i make a little book of my samples just yesterday and that is what i plan to do when this class is over. she is an expert book maker.

Dolores said...

Oh go ahead.
This sample is do very delicate.

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

I am keeping my samples in a flat box for now, although I will probably put some in a book. The flat box is keeping them clean and organized. Well, sort of.....

Coach Tina said...

Please be brave!

Rachel said...

Maybe a concertina-book or something similar that is compact but makes display possible?

Peggy Holt said...

Ohing and Ahing here. If I had a beautiful collection like this I might consider framing them...a collection of frames with individual snippets, or one larger shadow box with a arrangement of the samples. Of course, I wouldn't be able to leave it at that and would be adding some pearls or beads to the montage.

Looking forward to the video....

Joanna said...

I like the idea of it being mounted, it has some extra appeal not being flat, there is something more organic that way I think.

Elizabeth said...

You are one of the bravest woman I know, so you can show us the video. No doubt what so ever.

And I love your beautiful embellishment.

Jeannie said...

I am just in awe! Butterfly and dragonfly wings come to mind. Very exquisite. Go ahead - I dare you! LOL!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Book? Did someone mention book??? (nag, nag, nag - you know you want to). I 'see' these mounted on the wall as one big composition.