It's May ! Hurray ! The snow is gone (not always a sure thing, not even in May !) and I'm looking forward to some warmer days of Spring. It's been raining these last few days but it is needed.
Last week, a dear friend, John Willard, lost his battle with cancer. He was one of the original members of Connections Fibre Artists. If you knew John, a memorial page has been set up here for him . More images of his quilts at www.connectionsfibreartists.com.
John was a lovely man, a very talented fibre artist and teacher, and had a great sense of humour ... He will be missed !
I started the day with a meeting re; Threadworks 2016 - 'FLASHBACK' ... Yes, it has begun again ! While 'flashbacking' I began to reminisce about several 'ancestor' pieces I have floating around in my head ... maybe time to put my ideas down on paper/fibre. Abstracts being on my mind for these ideas, I decided to visit blogger friends that are working in abstract ... spent the afternoon catching up ... man, there is mighty talent out there !
I am house-sitting for a week and have not taken my sewing machine !!! I did gather a bag of similar coloured fabrics and threads to try a bit of hand-embroidery for a change ... in particular, to try some 'little stitched sketches', inspired by my blogger friend Charlton Stitcher. Still searching to become more 'abstract' in my art, I am going to follow her lead and see where that takes me.
Along the way, I read a very interesting blog post at www.constancerosedesigns.blogspot.ca ... a very, brutally honest look at herself as an artist .... most of us have these thoughts ... but these thoughts rarely make it past the lips ! Bravo Constance Rose !
Several hours were spent designing the poster for Threadworks, and several more hours were spent catching up on my work journal ... sketching, planning, fixing photos ... at least 3 future
threadpaintings, 5 pen/inks and a Christmas card. ... this should keep my nose clean for a while !
So, back to the table spread ... as much as I would rather work in black/white/grey, I opted to gather 'precious' bits of beige that have accumulated for many years. Chiffons, netting, silk, linen & some I do not recognize ... Oh yah, & some beads & complimentary threads. I shall look at them again in the morning.
Good night friends.