Tuesday, 6 October 2015
words in stitches
I'm continuing to explore improvised writing and stitch.... and have just completed a book made of fabric and thread 'toward a poem'.... using my own hand dyed (plant dyed) fabric and cotton threads.
The written word in stitch is of course nothing new. From ancient banners and flags, to hand embroidered samplers, to stitching names in clothing - the word in thread has a long history. My approach in the past has been to write poetry 'for stitch' and then using my sewing machine as a handwriting tool I have created a range of works.
These days I am working in an improvised way, considering my ideas around writing, the writing process, the natural world, stream-of-consciousness writing.... The improvised texts I am currently stitching share something about how my brain ticks over, what fascinates me about the creative process... loose and tangled threads express more about the layers of thought and strands of memory that go into my work.... If this sounds a little complicated it is quite a tricky process but the end results are 'simply' presented.
I like to write quickly with words spilling or slipping over the edge and threads caught at the edges, as if words are somehow falling away or running off (like paint) the page....
detail view of: 'towards a poem'
you will be able to see more photographs when this special piece is in my shop tomorrow (and at a special price too)....
Tomorrow's update will include: new stitched works, including a couple of poetry hearts, new painted books and at least one painting.