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.