Wednesday, April 20, 2005
More auditioning of cloth- this one is indian muslin- very light weight and the length is about 55 inches by 40 inches wide. I intend to hand stitch the entire cloth , in straight or running stitch and I am using a cotton curtaining flannel as my batting- it is lovely and soft to stitch through. I am afraid I am totally besotted by rich rich colour and ethnic textiles. Whilst i was contemplating this one I think another Hellfire fell out of the sky but as I am waiting on more cloth to arrive I can't dye the fabric to see if I can bring off what I am visualising.
I was looking at Sharon Boggon's site In A minute Ago on the weekend and noted that she had posted a link for the website she built for Tilleke Schwartz and noticed that she was participating in a workshop in Finland called Northern Fibres. The website has some very interesting work of all the participants in the workshop which is still to take place- I would really love to do something like this - and enjoy that kind of interaction and stimulation- I often feel isolated here, and there is just me and my computer. I also found the work to be interesting in that it is much more related to fibre rather than textile as such, which got me to pondering- I am hopelessly besotted by textiles ( though I love fibre) but how does textile fit into the kind of contemporary practice as evidenced by the work on the website. How does my work fit into that kind of sphere?- and indeed does it at all?- am I hopelessly stuck on the antiquated side of textiles? What also intrigued me was that apart from Tilleke Schwartz' work no other work really referenced the act of stitching much- by this I mean hand sewing or the act of sewing as such- though other work referenced weaving and knitting- other ways of creating cloth. Is making a quilt an outmoded way of dealing with textile?