This weeks theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Fleeting moment. It is also a challenge that involves street photography.
Now nothing happens in our street…and I mean Nothing!. It is a quiet residential area in a regional town near the beach. The only noise is the noise of the kids ( mostly mine!!) …oh and the lawnmowers..there always seems to be a lawn that needs mowing. I therefore used this for my photo. This is my son Ben doing what he loves to do..mainly freak me out with his scooter antics.
This has a double meaning to me for “fleeting moment”. The obvious, the fleeting moment of his feet being off the ground as he zips past, and then the fleeting moment of his childhood. It won’t be forever that I need to be freaked out by his scooter antics. Next it will be his car antics that I have to worry about!!
Leading on from my last quilt..in which I pulled out all sorts of very old things to use, I decided yesterday to finally …and I mean FINALLY, use the water soluble fabric that I bought close to 20 years ago!!. … Continue reading →
Todays experiment was inspired by the book “Create your own free-form Quilts” by Rayna Gillman. I love the freedom and randomness suggested in the book. It tends to be the way I work most of the time anyway, but it … Continue reading →
Something different from me today. My son has a very special little friend who is turning 5 in a couple of weeks. I wanted to make her something for her birthday, and this is what I came up with. It is a name Quilt, to hang on her wall.
Well, 24 hours later and “Destruction and Resurrection” has evolved again. I decided it needed a bit more resurrection and a bit less destruction. I started this process with a bit more destruction…cutting parts of it up again!. I then added a sheer patterned chiffon fabric over most of it to create a very subtle pattern and to subdue the colours slightly. Then I grabbed the ever trusty embroidery threads and started stitching. I liked the idea of the vegetation breaking free from the painted areas, venturing out into the desolation, I also wanted to add more colour so I stitched bright flowers and added some patches of seed beads.
The grid represents the way we (humans) tend to like order, to organise nature and ourselves into little boxes. The two areas of nature are ungridded, left free.
It may evolve some more over time..definitely no more cutting up! But for now it is (almost) out of my system (I hope)…I still have one more piece from the original cutting that hasn’t been used yet..eeeek!
I had a brilliant idea for an artwork last week. It was based on an amazing photograph taken by my brother Mark Merton Photography. I painted the base fabric as I usually do and then stitched it……and I hated it!! it was horrible. So I did what any self respecting want-to-be-artist does when this happens and took to it with a pair of large, very sharp scissors!. I then threw it in the corner of my sewing room and forgot about it.
Whilst sewing a completely innocent clutch purse today, I moved some fabric across the floor and there it was..(see my previous post about my sewing room floor and sudden inspiration). The clutch was forgotten as I rediscovered my bits of quilt. The pieces were lying there in a pile looking layered, so I went with it and stitched them all back together again into three separate smaller pieces.
The original photo was an aerial shot of a construction site just out of Sydney. A huge swathe of land had been levelled to make way for some enormous development. The thing that attracted me to it was the little pockets of colour where trees and water still survived, despite the mass destruction around them. It got me thinking about the fact that if we (humans) just walked away from this site, the plants would return, and in time it would be back to how it was before. We have no control over the immense power of nature to reclaim what we take.
I hand stitched the pieces together with red embroidery thread. The red thread is sort of representative of this power… stitching it all back together again after it has been broken by the huge machines.
I generally don’t make political type statements, in fact I tend to try to be as uncontroversial as possible I think. I don’t like making waves. But I guess these pieces are a bit of a statement about the enormous amount of development that is taking place here at the moment. I have called them “Destruction and Resurrection 1, 2 and 3”. I’m not sure what will happen to them now, but I’m glad I did something with my little pieces of cut up stitched fabric.
This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “Create”. This photo is what my sewing room floor looks like when I am creating! …And this is the neat part!. I tend to just pull everything remotely connected to the project out onto the floor for the duration of the piece. That way I can find everything lol.
It can also lead to surprising inspiration. …..moving a piece of fabric that accidently lands on another piece of fabric can lead you to discover a combination you might not have thought of. I love the randomness of this, and quite often it can lead to a completely different project.
It’s Tuesday again and again I feel that the week has disappeared without anything much being achieved!. The truth is the opposite however. This week has been one of the most productive weeks ever for me business wise…even if I have nothing to show for it… YET. This week has been about preparation and organisation for the future of me and has taken hours and hours of planning ,thinking and staring at computer screens! All will be revealed in the not too distant future. I feel that I am at a cross roads with what I am doing here and with life in general..things are moving and evolving. I am feeling so distracted by it all that not much else is getting done in life…for example washing and housework!!
I therefore haven’t done Tuesday Treasury AGAIN. It just involves too much extra staring at computer screens sometimes!
I did also start a new Art quilt this week but I’m only going to show a sneak peek as it is not finished and at the moment it is in it’s first “ugly” phase. I find that everything goes through at least 2 “ugly” phases. Once you work through it it’s fine..the important thing is not to give up at that point…sometimes easier said than done!
So here it is (well a small part anyway). I don’t know when it will be finished, but I will show you when it is.
In some ways it’s a bit of a representation of my life at the moment..I have to push through this not necessarily ugly phase but possibly difficult and uninteresting phase to get through to what is at the other side…this is not the time to give up.
I also wanted to share a painting recently done by my 10 year old son at school. I think it’s beautiful..but I may be biased 🙂
I love that he loves art. He named it “Deep Sea Blues” which I also love.
This is what I have been working on for the last couple of days. A change from frangipanis for a while. Since I have been on this tropical flower kick, maybe because it is so cold and wintery here at … Continue reading →