#100 Day Project

Intuitive Art, Process

Fast and Slow


This is a fast and slow process. It is about the speedy sewing machine, where the fabric is manipulated with free flowing movement. The machine whip stitch causes the bobbin thread to be pulled to the top, creating little dots and pulls around the circles, echoing the edge stitch of the letter. I like this spontenaiety.
Then it’s slow and purposeful, stitching by hand to define the letter. The choice of colour and weight of thread influence the outcome. Using the same thread on the letter as on the back ground creates balance, using a weightier thread brings colour and texture to the surface.

Art, Contemporary Art, Learning, Process

Now there are six


Now there are six squares.

Well, today has been a success, because I stitched the ‘y’, and because I’ve tweaked my routine, I worked my morning and started it the way I wanted. No dilly dallying today. So a nice bright yellow ‘y’ to celebrate.
Experts in time management, recommend celebrating small wins. Sowhen you’ve achieved that small thing that’s on the way to a bigger thing,  celebrate ! give yourself a pat on the back.

I am happy with the words today as well as the art and my head feels fine.

Art, Colour, Process, Studio

Day 4 #100 Day Result


I am switching my routine, to stitch first and then do yoga, because I had a strange feeling in my head yesterday after I posted on the blog. The crown of my head felt weird, I couldn’t get out of that place, involved with words, technology, stuck the virtual space of my head and the internet, it seemed like one and the same thing.
How did I remedy it ? it did the dishes, yep, I stood washing up the dishes,  back to a safe,  familiar, scenario…Woman  Washing  Dishes…trying to ground myself and return to my whole body. I think yoga will be a better solution.

So now I’ve completed my little stitches for today. I love the colour, it is bright, vivid and warm. The circle or ring is an ancient and universal symbol.
I like it, I like the shape, this ‘O’ . It is pleasant to stitch, no sharp, untidy corners, with exactly the right amount of thread on the needle. It looked as though the thread was going to run out but didn’t. Then lots of little ideas arrived, how I might make micro changes.

Art, Help, Materials

‘h’ is for haberdashery


 

‘h’ was my first choice letter today and provided todays title.

So yesterday (Day 2) I nipped Into town to replenish supplies.  MacCulloch and Wallis and John Lewis were my destinations. As I turned left into Dering Street, it was looking decidedly quiet, maybe because there is major cross rail works going on , but as I approached, the door was closed ( usually open) and then my worst fear.. An empty white filled space, no flashes of cloth, no busy people coming and going, all very quiet and sedate. The gallery had some colourful painting though, I was in half a mind to go in, to see the art up close and enquire about MacCulloch and Wallis. I checked online instead, to see , and really really hope, that they’ve just relocated and not fallen victim to the online revolution ( that helped my search ….) What a relief, thank goodness, yes ! they are in Poland Street now. Makes sense actually to be near Berwick street and the cloth shops there. The new website looks cool too.
So as you were, every thing is alright. This is one of the benefits of living in this fantastic metropolis, having specialist shops a bus ride away. But as my mild panic for the potential demise of my haberdasher of choice shows, maybe I should be appreciating it and them more often.

MacCulloch and Wallis – Haberdashers – suppliers of stitching goodness

Art, Contemporary Art, Results

Letter ‘f’


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The letter ‘f’ picked at random and kept for its pale blue as light as todays sky. The nearly vintage 80’s furnishing print is in a greyish palette of pink and purples/blues. Not too happy with the overall effect of the blue and the green thread,  I prefer yesterday’s brighter colours and contrast. Here come the likes and dislikes, to discern as you go. We will see how it works In the over all scheme of things. One day at a time. One letter at a time. Focus. Simple. Is there anything more to say on today’s rendition of the letter ‘f’? It was chosen for its colour primarily, and because I like the detail shape of the top of the ‘f’ the curve and bar going across the stem. I’m sure there are words for the features of a letter, this is the realm of calligraphy.  I like letters and I like to see their shapes enlarged in cloth. The colour and stitching adds dimension.