Tuesday, 18 July 2017

'Separation' can lead to beautiful textiles...

Here are a few snaps from our 'Separation' theme, amazing how quickly three months can evaporate. The finished pieces were looking wonderful at our last meeting.

Margaret P - Separating the Sheep from the Goats

Liz

Diana - Here & There

Chris

Maggie - Blossom

Rosemary - Continental Drift

Jenni - Life's A Puzzle

Debbie - Gravitational Waves

Sue - Inspiration from Loe Beach, Feock


As we leave 'Separation' we now move onto 'Undulating', which is our new theme and sits nicely with the past two topics.


A few of the Maids also experimented with Painted Bondaweb...






Don't you just love a bit of Painted Bondaweb.


I'll leave you with a few words from Jenni explaining her piece... Life's A Puzzle

Autism can lead to 'Separation' on several levels, be it the Autists desire to not engage or our own feelings of separation through lack of personal understanding of autism.


Back soon
Sue






Monday, 5 June 2017

Inspired by 'Separation'...

Who would have thought we would get so much inspiration from the word, 'Separation'. The work in progress below doesn't do justice to the pieces being created and the background stories behind each one.


Sue
Liz
Chris

Jenni

Rosemary
Diana

Margaret P

Jane

Debbie


These pieces are due to reappear at our next meeting having been finished and looking quite different, then we'll choose our next three month challenge word.


I mentioned in a previous post that I would show you my finished Evolution piece in full, but we have decided to keep the work under wraps until our exhibition. But I will post detailed snaps after our next meeting to give you a taster of the finished pieces above.

Thanks for reading our post, back soon.
Sue













Friday, 5 May 2017

April Meeting and Exhibition News...

Our meeting at the end of April showed great promise for our work on 'Separation'.

Below you will see a few images of samples and work in progress...


Maggie

Margaret G

Rosemary

Jane

Margaret P

Sue

Liz

Debbie - transfer dye painted onto papers

Debbie - transfer dye printed onto fabric

Choosing a new theme every three months can be daunting, but it's always exciting to see how the Maids respond to each challenge.



Exhibition News...

Textile Maids
The Poly, Falmouth 
4th to 8th September 2018


It seems a long way off at the moment, but we all know, exhibition dates have a habit of creeping up on you.

Back soon
Sue

Monday, 10 April 2017

Evolution and the next challenge...

You'll find below a few snaps from our meeting last month which I should have posted sooner, but with the lovely weather we've been having and a new garden to entertain me, I'm afraid the garden won.

Here's a few detail snaps of work based on our Evolution challenge...


Diana

Maggie

Chris

Debbie

Rosemary

Margaret P

Liz

We also enjoy experimenting with a variety of melting materials, here's a selection of some of the beads...







You can also visit our Facebook page where Margaret has also posted images from last month.


Leading on from Evolution, our next challenge is Separation, so watch this space.

Back soon
Sue

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Challenges and self doubt...

This challenge has been a challenge for me indeed. As I showed you in the last post I've chosen to use an old piece of work for Evolution. I had many options open to me, but I decided to leave the piece whole, paint it and see how things progressed.

Turns out it needed many layers of paint until I thought it was finished. I find self doubt so prohibiting, especially when choosing to explore a new way of working and use a different medium to achieve it. Although, I did enjoy the process and I love how the paint has shown up the textures of the stitching.  

Here are a few close up snaps. It's definitely evolved, nothing like the original piece. I'll post the whole piece after next weeks meeting. Talking of which, we're having an experimental day so we should have some interesting goodies to post.


detail of  'Strata' 

detail of 'Strata' 

detail of 'Strata'

detail of 'Strata'


Hope you've enjoyed this sneaky peek.
Sue

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Stages of Strata Evolution...

Here I am as promised with my thoughts behind my piece for our Evolution challenge.

My aim for this project is to re-purpose an existing piece of work. Having taught workshops in the past I have sample pieces that are no longer required. Rather than leave them gathering dust I thought I could put them to good use to create new work. I'm very much in favour of recycling, using old clothing/textiles for patchwork as it would have been, something with a story, a previous life...Evolution.

Below you will see I've chosen a free hand-cut piece, I made this at a workshop many years ago. It lay unfinished until a workshop sample was needed for Markel Paintstiks and Free Motion Quilting.
 

'Strata'...continuing it's 'Evolution'

Whilst I was researching Evolution I came across a quote which filled my brief perfectly...

A gradual process in which something
changes into a different and usually more
complex or better form... 


Initially I thought having a piece already made would only involve changing the look of it and wouldn't require samples or very much sketchbook work. But, the more I pondered how I was going to achieve this, the more I realised I didn't know how I wanted the end result to look. 
Should I cut it up to make smaller pieces, but what sizes? I knew I wanted to add paint and hand stitching, but should I do this before or after painting, should I cut it up at all? Did I want the painting to obliterate the original piece completely and what colour?

So, back to basics, start with a sketchbook and samples. My sketchbook is also a re-purposed workshop sample with pages already painted and it's only A5 size, so that alone will be a challenge for me.


re-purposed sketchbook

Having rummaged to find any of the original fabrics I made a sample piece, free machine quilted it as before, stitched french knots and a background layer of acrylic paint in white and black. This was then cut up and various painting options sampled.

stitched and painted samples

At the moment the bottom right is my favourite, but will it have the same effect on a larger scale? I think this piece is still at the Evolution stage and may yet evolve further.

I'm now in the process of stitching onto the original piece, adding french knots and layered seed stitch to create more texture, giving myself time to ponder while I stitch.


french knots and layered seed stitching

And here, looking completely different, are the six samples sitting on the original piece


painted samples on the original piece

Thank you for sticking with me this far, I'll keep you posted how this project progresses. We have a meeting tomorrow so I'll get lots of constructive feedback and hopefully we'll see you here soon with an update on the other Maids Evolution progress.

Bye for now
Sue





Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Evolution Challenge...

There was much deliberation after our last exhibition as to where we should venture with our next body of work.
So, we've decided on a three month working period with a chosen abstract word. The next word will follow on, something like a chain reaction. We're not sure how this will pan out, but we're always up for a challenge.

Evolution was chosen in November, that gave us time to get our thinking caps on so we had thoughts and ideas to bring to the January meeting.

At our first meeting of 2017 last week there was much excitement to see each Maids interpretation. And what an assortment of topics turned up...evolution of the square, personal sewing, dragon flies, that's just a few of the responses, below are some snaps which may give you a better idea...

Margaret G

Diana

Jane

Debbie

Maggie

Margaret P

Sue

Rosemary

Jane
I'll leave it to the Maids to share the details of their topics with you, but I think you'll agree there's a diverse array of subjects being explored.

I'm hoping to carve out some time tomorrow and get stuck into my piece, which I will then try and share with you.

Thanks for reading
Sue