Preparing Materials

20180529_195458Carded merino, silk and angelina fibres; so much like textile candy floss!

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Lots of individually frayed snippets of fabric.

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Threads from frayed fabrics carded into fibres.

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Beginning stitching.

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Crochet Lace for Necklace

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Yesterday I worked on this piece of freestyle crochet for a necklace.  ‘Freestyle’ crochet differs from conventional crochet in that a pattern is not followed and it is worked spontaneously.  Therefore it often has an irregular appearance.  I choose to use this approach as I want these pieces to look organic, almost as if ‘growth’ is taking place in the work.  It is an amazing way to explore with crochet as it is experimental and hence exciting and unpredictable.  I found it very liberating when I fell upon this way of working, as I had never considered breaking the ‘rules’!  It also fosters an understanding of crochet and how it is used to create shapes and patterns.

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I selected some fabrics to use with the crochet lace.  I will cut these pieces up and fray them before stitching the fragments together and attaching the lace.  I will then decide whether to add more ornamentation.  The crochet is quite elaborate so it may not need anything else.

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Crochet Choker in Progress

 

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I have added the crochet strip to the frayed fabric tatters and fibres I wrote about in my last post.  This will be made into a choker but I have to source some appropriate clasps.

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I would usually add further ornamentation to my designs with organza petals, small crocheted flowers and semi-precious beads, but I am tempted in this instance to keep it ‘purer’ and leave it as it is.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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A Melted Heart

 

imageI haven’t posted in ages.  Not because I have stopped working, but more because of an excessive amount of ideas all competing with eachother.  This makes me confused and disorganised!

One of the themes I have been working on is hearts and their symbolism for love.  This is in combination with a continuing fascination for erosion, deterioration and  the ensuing potential for rebirth and renewal.

In my last post I blogged about a little stuffed heart I had made which had been covered with holey fabric.  As it was made from tattered denim I felt it evoked the grunge clothing and music vibe in the nineties, as the title of the blog ‘grunge heart’ describes.

It also seemed appropriate as the spirit of grunge is so much about being ravaged, and a defiance that nevertheless survives.

I was really touched when one of my friends on Facebook saw the textile heart and asked if she could have it.  She felt it was the only object she had seen that captured the pain she feels, due to tragic events in her life.

I had made the heart to express my own experiences in love; both sublime and from hell… and the journey it takes me through.  Likewise the heart in this post speaks simply of the same.

The silver fabric was heated until it melted.  The quality of melting, as often used to describe the surrender to love from another eg to melt in someone’s arms, to melt in a loving gaze, and so on…was something I wanted to refer to.

In addition the idea of melting suggests heat and fire which brings to mind more challenging elements, such as incineration, burning and purging by fire, providing apt metaphors for the more painful experiences of heartbreak and torment that the path of love likes to take us through.

Sometimes the pursuit of love feels too perilous.  Much like in the Greek myth, where Icarus in his exhiliration, uses his wax and feather wings to fly him too close to the sun, we can fear that the longing may well lead us to a place too powerful and we too will have our wings melted and will be left to fall to drown!

Oh well, hopefully all of our little melted hearts although threadbare, are still just about beating to love another day or two!!

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Grunge Heart

This time I wanted to return to a distressed look and make a heart with a grunge look. Made in tattered denim and repaired with metallic lurex fabric and machine-stitched darning.

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