This week in my studio 16.

This week in my studio 16.

 

Inspiration and creativity surround us it is in our every day.

 

Adding the 3 layer of hand stitched silk leaves.

 

“Creativity is all around us, and some of the funniest, most beautiful, and touching moments happen when you least expect it.”

Bryce Dallas Howard

I am not sure how you find your inspiration but I know we are surrounded by inspiration in our every day. We just need to be open to the thought, open with our creative minds and ready capture inspiration and hold it close. We don’t always concioulsy recognise our sources of inspiration, it can be a simple word, dashes of colour, our environment, blurs splashed through rain, music, a gesture or movement, dance, joy in the garden, reading a book and so much more. This week I started a piece of textile art work where the inspiration came from a conversation with my mother, she was sharing a sewing technique with me.

I did not use that technique in this textile art work but it did give me the inspiration to try some new ideas and re-visit some old ones. In this art work I have used a variety of techniques and materials. My hands have been messy, covered in dye and paint, glue and needle holes even worse is my studio.I am not sure if you all have the same as me, I can’t help it when I start a new  piece of work my creative drive dictates that no cleaning up can possibly happen not until I am finished .I have had lots of fun and given myself a possibility to build on.

This piece of art work has three defined layers but many others hidden within each layer. I am sharing with you the visual steps taken some have  failed, and were reworked, some surprised and baffled me but most were succsessful .I am very pleased with the finished art work it will be framed behind glass the  approx. size is 43 cmx 46 cm.

ps some exciting news i am  just finalising teaching in America next year woo hoo it is at a fantastic event more to come soon.
Step 1 preparing the fabric to paint.using silk, silk organza and cotton.
Preparing the fabric to paint I am using silk, silk organza and cotton squares.

 

Adding some texture and glamour with metallic crayons before painting .
Adding some texture and glamour with metallic crayons and rubbing plate before painting the fabric. What I learnt was that some of the crayon washed off  after painting and steaming.I needed to redo this step after I had painted and washed the silk.

 

Hand painting the silk and cotton fabrics.
Hand painting the silk and cotton fabrics.Before I have steamed and washed the fabric.

 

Cutting out square shapes and hand stitching the back ground.
Cutting out square shapes and hand stitching all the squares and grid

 

making a grid lace overlay incorporating lace leaves.
Making a grid lace overlay incorporating skeleton leaves.I used a gold metallic thread.Unfortunately when I had finished and washed this grid it was not how I had visualised it would look .I knew I could use the pieces so easy peasy I cut it up  :-)

 

Hand stitching silk leaves
Hand stitching silk leavesThese leaves are the third layer of the art work.

 

the gris of leaves didn't work so I cut them and stitched to background as well as adding some paper layers.
Here you can see that I have hand stitched the leaves from the cut up gold grid onto the fabric as well as adding some paper layers.

 

Machine and hand stitched ready to complete back ground layer.
Machine and hand stitched ready to create the background layer.

 

Lush hand dyed silk fibers for the background.
Lush hand dyed silk fibers for the background.

 

Adding the 3 layer of hand stitched silk leaves.
Adding the 3 layer of hand stitched silk leaves.Seeing it in real life is always so much better than an image. By sharing this I hope you see possibilities and you feel inspired.

 

Close up of some detail
Close up of some detail

 

Close up of detail.
Close up of detail.

 

Now I am off to frame two large commissioned pieces on a rainy afternoon.Life is always full and wonderful.