Crochet Elements

imageThis is a selection of crochet elements I have made for my accessory collection.  I really like to work in a disorganised but organic way, in so far as I go very much with my mood when it comes to developing my work.  Some days I like to say, make a whole lot of crochet flowers or a batch of something else all the same.  However I mostly like to work on one piece with an open mind towards it’s evolution as the

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spontaneity is more enjoyable.  I believe that the more enjoyable a job, the better it is done!  I may work on another piece altogether the next day, so it is normal for me to have a box of projects all at different stages.

To be honest I do find it a difficult discipline to complete things and I am far more comfortable with the experimental stage of design; I could remain in that place for eternity!  I have overcome this inner obstacle of mine by retaining a small element of improvisation to my method of creating finished pieces.  Therefore I allow room for a brand new idea to be included in a piece.  I am enjoying this approach as it suits my personality.  It does mean that I have to put more thought into how each individual piece comes together, but again I like that and it means that no 2 pieces will ever be the same.

Lourdes x

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Inspiration from the Garden

 

As is so often the case, the garden provides the inspiration for my textile design.  It never fails to amaze me how much change takes place, creating a complex and intriguing storyline woven through the turning of the year.

In very early spring there is the need for hope and faith, when the ground is still hard and the air stil speckled with frost.  Then the excitement of potential as the sudden appearance of bright green shoots that emerge through the earth, reassure that although hidden, ‘life’ has not been extinguished after all.

As Spring burgeons, there is a glorious display of verdancy and colour, especially exhibited by trees now in blossom.  Infact I usually find most inspiration from petals that fall, and start to wrinkle and dry, at the end of summer as the colours intensify.

This year I am attracted to the grouping of delicate new flowers, which together form abundant textures of soft femininity, suggestive of ruffles and flounces characterising summer ball gown dresses in fairy tales.  It is just prettiness in excess! But it can be really lovely to appreciate colours, shapes and patterns that scintillate the sight and seem to celebrate the increasing warmth of the sunshine.

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Lourdes x

 

 

Organza Petals

imageThese are ‘petals’ made by melting cut-out circles of organza.  The technique is nothing new, but I like to stitch groups of them together as the transparency creates mixes of colour which appear dreamy and romantic.  I have only recently started to incorporate them into my accessory design, and I feel confident that over time I will discover a variety of applications for them.

Lourdes x

Hearts with Kisses

 

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Silk Heart Repaired with Stitching

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This heart was cut from pink silk and stitched to gold organza with small stitching.  The transparency of the fabric with the softened frayed edges of the heart,  together create a ‘floatiness’.

Lourdes X

Heart Repaired with Roses

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I thought I would continue the Beltane floral theme by incorporating embroidered roses within the fabric heart as shown above.

Firstly I cut a heart shape out of pink chiffon and then cut holes in it and frayed it using a teasel brush.  It was very fragile at this point so I decided to place it on a cream satin background for stability.  It was then repaired with lots of tiny stitches and lastly the roses were embroidered.

The idea I had for this piece was that roses symbolise love.  Adding them to the heart first mauled, then repaired,  is a message that love can heal and ‘prettify’ even mistreated hearts.

Lourdes X

Blossoming Heart at Beltane

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Most mornings I like to start the day by centering myself.  I do this by looking at my feelings and trying to identify them.  I don’t always want to and it’s not always easy, but if I manage it, I find that my energy flows better.

Sometimes feelings and thoughts provoke a journey that provides inspiration for creative work, and they additionally resonate with themes that seem to emerge through the day.  I really like to try to understand what these ‘signs’ are representing in my life.

The last few days have brought up many references to the light and power of the sun.  Unfortunately I can’t say that this has been encouraged by the weather, which has not been so great!

However it so happens that today is Mayday also known as Beltane, which is a Celtic fire festival.  The word ‘Beltane’ combines ‘Bel’ the name of a Celtic God, meaning ‘bright one’ and ‘teine’ which is a Celtic word for ‘fire’.

Beltane is a celebration of the beginning of the brighter part of the year.  It is also a festival which celebrates procreation, sexuality and the reproductive energies of the earth, now fully reawakened after the winter.

I decided to continue using the heart as a metaphor for emotion, and this time with the intent to evoke the spirit of abundance of Beltane, and what it may symbolise for us internally.

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‘Flora’ is the name of a Roman fertility goddess and as her name suggests, is a goddess of flowers.  Also known as the ‘May Queen’, she has significance in pagan rituals at this time of year.  The festival of Beltane is flamboyantly characterised by the wearing of flowers and this has also inspired my decision to make a heart shaped from textile blossoms.

I also like the idea of a heart that ‘blooms’ in response to warmth, much as the rays of the sun are vital for the opening of flowers.

I decided to work on folded satin fabric which I felt suggested enclosure of something secret, as in an envelope or folded piece of paper.  I like the sense of mystery and the way that the heart of textile petals is viewed as a symbol or embellishment for something else unseen.

Hey!

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Hey!

Heart in Snowfall

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Heart In Snowfall

Savaged Heart

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