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, July 17, 2012

practising....




These are old images, taken around 8 weeks ago. I was practising, getting back into the swing of ledgers, books, painting and such before I started class. (to my class...you are not missing anything here. You know how to do all of this now...expertly!) 
I consider this the poorest of my pages, the first one for a long, long time but it was a learning curve, a valuable exercise.




13 comments:

Rachel said...

It's delightful - I particularly like the pattern of circles and lines in the middle picture.

Miss 376 said...

I wouldn't mind a practise page like that!

deanna7trees said...

loving all those bubbles...

Dolores said...

I have a feeling you like teaching because you get to do the same thing along with your students. Fun times and since when do you 'practice'?LOL

Suztats said...

I love the french knot bubbles, and your bubble sketch is very appealing.

barbara l. hale said...

I love this stuff!

Mary said...

These are great, Karen. You just gave me a great idea for my book! Thanks!

PamMcd said...

White just gives so much value to everything on these pages. Pristine, pure and so pretty.

Elizabethanne said...

I think this practice page is amazing. I would love to produce practice pages this nice. Hugs Elizabeth xx

sharon young said...

Beautiful, your colour pallet is lovely, very springlike, I love the order of your work, yet it 's never dull, just 'beautifully executed' as one of my degree tutors used to say.

deemallon said...

these are such beautiful pages!!! I would think you wouldn't need so much practice at this point?!!

Carol Q said...

what beautiful pages Karen. your little circles of stitching look like delica beads at first glance. so dainty.

Tammie Lee said...

your beautiful art is quite inspiring, thank you! So beautiful!