For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .

''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

artist books and paperwork

Three little books, two Art in the shop. I am becoming addicted to the little books, loving playing with fiddly things and dangly things. I think I will make more of those, quietly, over a period of time, adding a little something every so often. There's something quite satisfying about cutting fabric swatches, stitching buttons to pages, tearing paper for collage and wrapping thread onto tiny cards. You should try it, I can recommend it.
The paperwork was a joy to create, if less ''relaxed'' than the little books. The large paper pieces need precision and very careful handling whilst you add stitch and beads and embellish....not so relaxing but equally as satisfying when finished.
 I made a little video for you, a look through the tiny books....

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