I communed with the trees (I think I might have a bit of 'Druid' in me) ... sat in the warmth of the September sun, and felt so calm and peaceful.
3 weeks away from the hustle and bustle of home, city and family has definitely helped me get a focus on the coming year.
I had a glorious 'alone' time, read 4 1/2 paperbacks, did 3 ink sketches, almost completed a fibre piece, painted and backed a large canvas for the Group of Seven show (that took almost 2 days to do because the canvas and interfacing were very tough to get a needle through) - AND I may have a commission from some people I met there !
Last year, I did a few small fibre pieces that were totally inspired by my stash of 'odds and ends' and saved 'bits and pieces'.
A lot of that stuff went with me again, this year.
Just by being unfocused I was able to see the possibilities ... I had, for instance;
- some strips of excess fabric cut from the top and bottom of a previous piece - because they were stitched and intriguing, barcodes, thinking, to myself, that if I were a quilter, I would probably put them into a quilt ! ... so I stashed them
- I had the paper bag from a bottle of merlot along with Maggie Grey's "from image to stitch"... where she makes good use of paper in works
- I had a strip of hand-painted fabric that was wonder-undered - but I neglected to take an iron - heating up my kettle and trying to iron with that didn't work !
- there was a string of free-motion machined leaves that I had done on water-soluble almost 20 years ago !
- a novelty yarn that was made in India - charcoal coloured with bits of paper wound in it - turns out it can be couched and/or stitched right into fabric !
- I had pieces of birch bark from the wood we bought for campfires
And lo and behold all these items were similar in colouring.
Before long I had a forest of trees on my table with complimentary tree fungus (the birch bark).
|the initial layout|
|some machine stitching nailed down the wonder-undered hand-painted centre strip|
|the novelty yarn was machine couched down and lended an interesting accent|
|the beginning of the changing colours|
My 'forest' piece is almost done ... just a few more hand stitches ... and I will make the backing smaller then find an appropriate colour to mount this on before I put it on a stretcher frame.