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

Saturday, October 8, 2016


It's been a productive week making surfaces, stitching paper and then stitching it to cloth, using cloth scraps to create base fabrics which live alongside torn papers. Some of you will know I like to have a stash of these surfaces, pieces of cloth and paper which I can use for design, in ledgers, for stand alone sheets, for sample portfolios.
Some of these newly created surfaces are for a ''sample portfolio' we are putting together in my current class, the wrapping cloth class ''wrapped and bound in stitch''.  Some are for new artist books, some are for new ''sample portfolios unrelated to the wrapping cloth class and some are for another class, an old class with a bit of new added.
I am in the process of writing that one up but the basics can be read here. I hope to have it ready for Monday
...we shall see.

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