What to do and where to begin? This is a question I often find myself asking when a previous piece is completed. I am trying to stick to my rule of not buying new materials unnecessarily when I have lots of supplies lying around just asking to be worked on.
Looking for inspiration in a recent sketchbook I came across a page that caught my imagination.
The blue reminiscent of indigo I spend much time working with. The linear pattern formed by the squares are another interpretation of the path, the creative journey I am on.
Moving forward I looked through offcuts of indigo and natural colour cloth that I could use in some way. Hidden amongst them was an offcut of orange silk. I had the colour scheme ready to hand and just had to decide what to do with it.
I cut the fabrics into small squares and began making 9 square patches.
Anything, no matter how small, to get started. It might not lead anywhere but…. it might.
The supply of squares was finally exhausted and I had produced a pile of 48 squares.
A pieced quilt? No, not my style
Stitch them to a length of cloth? No, didn’t like the look of that
Stitch them together into a long strip? As I stitched a path began to emerge
I have found my way again. Almost by accident I am producing another interpretation of the creative path I am journeying along.
It has turned out to be 9 metres long and 14 centimetres wide
I photographed it in the landscapes I love and produced a book. Words by my sister Fran, accompany the images.
The book accompanied the work which was in our ‘Beyond Blue’ exhibition in Hastings during October