On Saturday I was driving to work at Stonehouse gallery when an idea entered my mind. As my husband say this is always dangerous but between us there is hardly a time when my mind isn’t bubbling away with ideas to create. My idea this wonderful summer Saturday morning was a wearable art wrap based around butterfly wings, wings that are gentle, fragile, alive and that wrap you in a riot of colour and well being.
I honestly tried to remove this impending creative pursuit to put it away in another corner to revisit, knowing I have orders to finish. Too late, the flood gates had opened and the idea grew and grew with twists and turns, undercurrents and river banks, ebb and flow until I could not stop the momentum anymore.
Last thing Sunday I snuck onto my work room and took in the vista of organised chaos and saw all the ingrdients I needed to bake this idea. I had little time to wait, my creative mind was bubbling, no paper large enough to draw the pattern on but a roll of water soluble fabric that should do the trick. I sketched out my shapes Sunday evening and added to the current projects chaos with beautifully coloured yarns, hand dyes silk laps, hand dyed silks, silk, threads and silk flimsies, my work room was awash with colour and texture and I managed to leave a wee small pathway to get t0 my sewing machine – all that I needed.
There was no time to pack up and tidy, only time to fulfil my creative pursuits.Monday morning as usual up with the birds and in my studio by 6.30am and at work creating. I love starting to put my ideas into production and letting the design and the materials talk to me letting the growth be organic. For the first time when working on a wrap I approached it in design and shape sections and after completing each section I joined them to form the shape of the wings.
When I had finished all my stitching and the wings/wrap were “finished” I discovered that in my haste the shape did not sit on the body how I had visualised it to. With some folding and pinning I realise I needed to cut off from here and there and add onto here and there. When you have spent days sewing sewing sewing it is had to cut into your wearable art work. I believe textiles are forgiving and if my nip and tucks went wrong I would just nip and tuck again. I am very pleased with the end result and have learnt from this so when I create my next one when it should be a easier but then again it could take on a whole new life of its own. Please enjoy and feel free to ask questions.