*** YOU MISSED IT! THE TEXTILE COLLECTIVE surpassed our expectations. It was an exciting and sensational experience. Many thanks to the artist, artisans, collectors, volunteers, friends, family, and of course, the hotel staff. Bravo! Brava!
about my muse, Indigo: as a very young child, indigo's mom and sisters provided her with fabric swatches and notions leftover from her mother's making of clothes. indigo created a variety of figurative objects and notions. her dolls, composed from the best of natural fibers, were stuffed with rice, beans, rags, and or sassafras bark. My figurative creations and notions are a result of my imaginings of indigo's world. there are no rules for creating; just thoughts, ideas, cloth, needles, threads, feathers, dyes and more. this is my space. the saltwater atmosphere composed of nature's beauty. our rich culture dispersed throughout the land. protected with love and by her innocence. Safe within herself to BE.
Sashiko stitching is a functional embroidery from Japan.
Boro is the Japanese art of mending. To boro was once a necessity to extend the life of a garment for the common people of Japan. These garments were passed down for generations.
Kantha, employed by Makers in rural SouthEast Asia as a utilitarian and decorative function, often to up cycle well loved materials.
These terms are recent to my vocabulary. However, I've implemented the running stitch, aka the line stitch or basting stitch, in my work for decades. I love knowing that this basic hand sewing technique, depending upon the thread weight and/or length of stitch, have been used to Make throughout the world, for centuries, with tools of various mediums for both utilitarian and decorative purpose.
My needles and threads are my tools for composition. Can't imagine my life without them or the stitch. It's all about the the meditative movement, (in-out, horizontal, curve) of the stitch.
Muse: Junko Oki and Akiko Ike. I am strongly inspired by the spirit of their work.
Read: Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren * The beauty of things imperfect.
From Wisdom of the Soul on creativity: It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. (Herman Melville)