Participating in the Made on Monday challenge has made me start to think differently about creating textile art, which I guess was my aim in joining. Having to prepare a 5 inch piece each week is actually more difficult than I thought, as I tend to overthink things when I am being creative.
I am learning to just “do”.
I have read many books, blogs, articles etc on being creative over the last few years, and the common advice is to do just that – get on with it and create something. There is no replacement for practice practice practice.
In that vein, I am just trying out different things, but set myself a time limit. It also helps to do several pieces at once, or in a similar fashion (surely they are called a series!) and that helps to develop ideas. I often find myself thinking of the next pieces as I am doing the current ones. Making small pieces allows me to try new techniques as well, so my latest pieces reflect my experimenting.
I started my latest pieces which I showed pictures of in my last post by drawing with watercolour pencils on fabric. Here is a photo of the large piece after I cut it into 4, prior to edging them. I love the fact that the flowers and images go off the edge of each piece.
And a photo of them after they are edged with black thread.
I think I might try a similar idea again, I like the watercolour pencil effect and it’s not as messy as paints. Has anyone else tried this technique? I am interested in how it might work on a scarf, or something wearable.
Until next time