Sunday, 14 February 2016

Cell nearing completion ... but not without a brief interlude !

Back in November, I machine embroidered some garden netting (detail above) as a possible idea for inclusion in Project:Cell. Once completed, it seemed to signify the finish of the piece so all there is now left to do is attach this to the main panel (below).

As the panel is largely 'symbolic', I didn't know what I was hoping to obtain from the netting piece & found it somewhat "disquieting"  as to why this seemed to complete the piece.  I don't know yet (& I haven't done since I finished it) as how it will be joined to the main panel & as yet this is still the case. Hopefully (as what usually happens) this will suddenly become apparent!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Silver bridesmaids to end 2015 ...

One of the bridesmaids dresses (back view) made last year - further information can be found by clicking this link (specific sewing information for this & other 'special occasion' items).

Friday, 6 November 2015

Dog fur gets spun ready to knit ...

I've recently had some dog fur spun (below left) ready for me to to use for knitting (below right).

Its "story" will be discussed & detailed here within my studio blog (please click the link to read about it).

Monday, 27 July 2015

Cell progress to date ...

Above shows 3 images of the stitched cell's progression to date - at the top is when it started - the 2nd image is just before it had it chiffon layer added - the 3rd image is to date. You can see how it is (slowly!!) getting less defined but at the same time becoming more 'integrated'.

I'm quite pleased on its progress but it's much slower than originally planned ... although I'm only working on it intermittently when I have 'dedicated personal studio time'. I'm unsure if the original 'colour-play' changes will be apparent at the end but will have to wait & see.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Cell being enhanced ! ...

The textile cell has been slowly stitched between various other work. It was stitched onto the bike wheel & then a variety of simple hand stitching was done to enhance it & the added plastic )close-up below):

This week saw the final phase of this stage & the next one can now begin by adding a layer of heat-treated chiffon to overlay it (see below):

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Second article in "Be Inspired" ...

Last year, I wrote another creative article for 'Be Inspired' (click if you want to find out more about the magazine). This article continues on from the first one & outlines how I go about creating & designing some inspirational thoughts. In due course (ie. as soon as I have time!), I'll also be adding it to my sets of blogs.

Re-reading it, I've decided to label it along with 2 of my other projects (Interspection & Reflection) as I'm sure at a later date, it's likely to be integrated into 1 single 'project'.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Cell - stage 5 ...

It's been some time since working on the cell piece - mainly because I've been doing some other textile work. Having read my recent posts, I've just realised I forgot to add the final cell-structure after it had dried - so here it is:

As this (on a black background), it reminds me of a strange planet as well as an unusual cell!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bustier & Boned bodices ...

Sorting through some of my 'boxed-up' bits I discovered this:

& together with the stitching of the wedding dress, I find myself wandering into thoughts of making garments & clothes once again! I thoroughly enjoyed making the boned bodice & with some ideas generated from Ally Pally's "Knitting & Stitching Show yesterday, think I may be heading off in this direction for a while especially as I have numerous lengths of assorted fabrics stored!!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Wheel's in motion ! ...

Have finally found what I've been looking for to display the cell! ... more about this later in the studio!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

I started life as a cell (stage 4) ...

Here's a close-up of 'my cell' to date ... I'm really pleased with the results & have to wait a few days for this to totally dry.

From last time, I added some ink to various sections & in the sun it took on a new dimension!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

An unusual skin !! ...

While working on the cell the other day, an interesting result was the production of 'skin-like' fabric pieces when the clingwrap was wet. I draped it over my dummy (covered in a black plastic sack) to dry & will have to wait for the end result when I'm next in to look at it !!

Friday, 25 July 2014

I started life as a cell (stage 3) ...

I'm now about to begin the next part of the work - below is the final stage of adding black thread.

Some sheets of cling wrap have been coated in PVA & this has been layed over the work. being a nice warm day, it's drying well so I can remove the plastic when tacky. Here's the result while still wet - I'll have to wait til totally dry to continue.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The cell piece is named ...

I've gradually been adding a variety of threads to my 'cell' - beginning with metallics, I've continued with sewing cottons. The overall effect is becoming  just as I imagined it to ultimately be & trust it will continue this way as I progress. It's a somewhat slow progress as it's a little 'finger-aching' especially to do for an entire day but that's the only time I'm able to currently work on it!

The fabrics are gradually becoming merged together with the threads - one of the problems is the breaking of the fine threads when working through the thicker plastic/paper/fabric layers. Other than that the technique is quite enjoyable to work & a few 'stitch' options are appearing!! Here's a close-up section of the above:

Two other results have arisen from this - one being the visual image as it 'moves back' while taking a picture of it (below left) - the other, the reverse of the sample is quite interesting (below right).

Whilst working this piece, I've decided to finally give it the title of "I started life as a cell" - after all, that's how I came about !!!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Dissolving ideas ! ...

On Amazon the other week I came across the above book "Stitch & Structure" by Jean Draper & for some reason had to buy it (as you do!!!). It's been a brilliant read & provided lots of inspirational ideas especially to do with dissolvable fabrics & the variety around today. I think I shall have to get hold of some now as I think it will answer some of my creative problems I'm experiencing re the 'cell' & other projects.

I'm still stitching with metallic threads on 'Black Cell' in the studio but much of my time recently has been spent dressmaking for customers as well as some alterations for 'Prom dresses'.

Sorry Black Cell !!! work must come first!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

I started life as a cell (stage 2) ...

Here's the result of some sheer plastic hand-stitched on the work.

Next, a layer of heat-gun treated sheer polyester seems a suitable next layer (horizontal/vertical creases are where it has been folded prior to picture taken !) - inset right is a close-up.

Laying this fabric sheet over the work adds another cellular dimension & alters all the colours.

Starting with some 'punch work' adds another layer of illusion ! albeit in metallic thread (detail at right)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

I started life as a cell (stage 1) ...

I've started stitching my 'cell' sample - seen gradually progressing at CURRENT PROJECT.

A slow task especially as when I return to it, several days have passed & I have to get back into the "thought waves" !!

Time is not on my side ! ...

I'm currently experimenting with transparent plastics for my cell project - which unfortunately is progressing too slowly! Reasons? ... I've got a variety of 'mundane sewing house jobs' on so unable to get as much time as I'd like to continue with it. However, I do it when I can - currently I'm expanding on this small experimental piece from several years ago.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Samples of fabric meshes now in progress ...

2 mesh sample structures are now progressing - both using scraps left from a previous project. I usually use bits & pieces like this, as they are ready-to-hand & as such, are only being used to test certain techniques.
this sample reminds me of  'stained glass'
this one reminds me of an old-fashioned American quilt
In both cases, the samples are based on a 'MESH' & ultimately (hopefully!) will provide the techniques for several of my on-going projects. In both of the above samples, I am impressed with the way the 'fabric' retains its suppleness as well as having a tendency to 'form' into a 3D shape (this is also providing other ideas for development).

Also, both the above samples remind me of 'hand-made' paper in the way they both "handle" - an interesting side-effect of the work!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Self portrait 2 - next development ...

Following the computer designs from earlier (& inspired by subsequent stitching), here's the next colourful computer-generated "self-portrait". Although graphically representational, it is appearing (in my mind's eye) in a stitching format. So where to go next?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Self portrait 1 - is this a textile ?

Here's the 'self portrait' (above) with sections of textiles added (those from blog entry of 31/1/14 & the textile mosaics here) ... all via the computer ! Next stage was to enhance the image further ... as below:

Question - Where to go next .. stitch or enhance some more ?

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Mosaic or cell artwork?

For some reason I'm drawn back to an earlier sketch of several years ago - why at this moment in time? Thoughts of crazy/random patchwork - mosaics - Gaudi are beginning to filter into my thoughts (the sketch above to represent this) & not for the first time! Over recent months, this seem to be a repeating progression of creative thoughts & ideas that need to be addressed. So, glancing back over my 'creative route' to date, many interesting images are almost 'mosaic-like' in their appearance & have this almost as a common theme (perhaps because I have many interests myself & tend to work in a rather mosaicked manner).

Anyway, looking at the definition of the word, there appears to be an immediate link (2 & 3 below) to my current cell project as well as the mosaic one (1 below):
  1. a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small pieces of stone, tile, glass, etc
  2. an individual (especially an animal) composed of cells of two genetically different types
  3. a virus disease that results in leaf variegation in tobacco, maize, sugar cane, and other plant

At this stage further 'sketches' need to be completed (I may start this via some computer designs - see my sketch book) PLUS this could now indicate that Project: Mosaic & Project: Cell are to become one!

UPDATE: 10 March ... have now created some fabric samples & sketches continuing this on, click UPDATE to see them

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Now on Pinterest !

With a new 'Pin', I'm here:

Although you may have seen some of the images already, over time it will become a place to quickly 'stop off' & see what 'Pinterests' are underway ... and please don't forget to follow one of my boards!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Owl & the Pussycat mask ...

I've just finished the next phase of updating the ' Stitcherydoodaa Collection ' so it can link to this blog. (The above shows a piece of " cat stitchery " made when I was around 6 - partly for use as a mask!)

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Possible lacy "Interspection" techniques !

NOTE: If you're interested in seeing how the design below has been created, click here to see the flip-book

Additionally, the samples from a few days ago have triggered a few ideas as backgrounds to the set of "Interspection" designs:

In particular, the "lincrusta" design background is starting to be created in my 'mind's eye' - possibly likely to be in the form of free-style lace.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Textile samples 'cells' for self-portrait ...

Here's 2 textile 'cells' worked as initial samples:

Some knitting using several different colours of sewing thread + dropping stitches & then with scraps added using machine embroidery. Likely this will be used within the 'self-portrait' that is now developing.

These 'cell structures' are plastic can holders stitched & have tassels added - this cellular structure a 'spring-board' for ideas using corded fabric or thread.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Kaeidoscopic image = Another ready to print !

The New Year starts with completion of another magazine article - this time relating to the 'Cells' project I've been working on. Although the above image hasn't been used as one of my favourites, I've uploaded it to Facebook.

Monday, 18 November 2013

First article In print ...

A few months ago, I wrote an article for a very inspirational & new magazine 'Be Inspired' (click if you want to find out more about the magazine) - in fact it's an addition to the already existing "Workbox" one.

The article traces the beginning of my current 'creative journey' & acts as a spring-board for other articles I'm planning next year as I start to work on a variety of artistic designs.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Bleeding hearts !! ...

Playing around with yesterdays bits, has resulted in these ideas - possibly to be used within another project which is starting to emerge!

A few years ago I had an initial idea & a few weeks ago (after sketching some nerve cells), was soon sparked into thoughts again of it. Now the idea is beginning to 'take shape' in a more textural way.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Create an X-ray illusion ...

An experiment that's worked better than anticipated!
If you want to find out more about it, visit my studio

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Curtain fabric snippets help ideas ...

Surplus fabric while altering a pair of curtains* this morning helped to focus ideas for some machine embroidery. Continued from yesterday, some previous sketches have got computer enhanced & resulted in the above - ideas for distressed surfaces are now on the agenda.

* adding heading rings can be read here

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Upside down & more ...

Yesterday I began to look initially at different lighting - this had the effect of computer enhancing the image from last week to transform it into the above. Maybe an image from a few months ago was still at work (see 'The Moon' here) !

After being inspired from this (together with the ocean sketches of Friday), I started seeing other glistening shapes as I continued with more computer enhancements - some reminding me of kaleidoscope images. (I'm hoping to use one of these as a design for an experiment in some specific stitching.)

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Upside down ...

My day out in London at the Knitting & Stitching Show on Thursday (London) provided more inspirational ideas. Not having attended for several years to just look at 'new things', meant I came away with some fabrics & books to 'fuel' my current project ie. cells.

This meant on Friday I was able to continue with my 'water cell' sketches - 2 of which can be seen here. Also, while I was working, I looked up at an earlier 'experiment' (image above) & suddenly noticed it had become almost 3D. I hadn't seen this earlier in the week when I had it the other way up.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Ubiquitous cells ...

Seems appropriate to use this design as the background for 'Stitcherydoodaa' (my textile blog) - title of it being "Ubiquitous cells". It has also become the name for a magazine article I'll be writing in due course.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Full circle again ? ...

Once more I'm using this image. Here it's to represent having gone full-circle (AGAIN!!) ... but in a different direction with design thoughts not unlike a turning sphere!!

As I subsequently investigate cells in more depth & have ideas for various designs, I find it's beginning to pull me into a geometric world involving equations (my love of maths here), spherical shapes & curves alongside other odd or interesting shapes. Although the plastic & fabric stitched 'nucleus' (Project:Cell) is just starting, I'm also considering other ideas to experiment with as part of this.

Does this possibly account for the constant need to be thinking of other diverse things to make once I've already decided to make something? ............. I think so! Possibly because of a background in sewing (where a garment is assembled in individual sections) & latterly in crafts teaching (where students work on different crafts), I'm finding that I need to have several projects on the go simultaneously. Also, I find that any problems encountered in a particular design are usually resolved when another design is begun.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Thoughts regarding this cell structure ...

Below is a sectional close-up of the start of one of my current projects. It's being made in paper, fabric & plastic - NOTE: the image 'section' was photographed purely at random.

I currently have this piece labelled as 'Project:Cell' & whilst researching 'cell structures', I came to the conclusion that a lot of my visual work to date (ie. current projects) appears to have common themes (which also continue into things I like as well as specific art & design interests I have). In fact, I can now see why I've chosen specific images to be uploaded here. With this now in mind, I intend to focus more on just this & see where it (visually) leads me.

To begin this process (& as a note to myself!), I'm looking at the above image & notice it has unintentionally captured what the overall finished design will ultimately depict:
  • intricate patterns (ie. to the left, the distortions in the overlayed pieces of netting)
  • unusual & irregular forms (ie. a mix of angular & curved shapes)
  • illusion of a 'body' (ie. the central shiny panel depicting a female upper torso with one arm up, the other down)
  • an outline or illusion of other forms (eg. to the right, a mask; overall jigsaw patterning)