Saturday, August 02, 2008

Zenobia's Blanket


Procrastination is not a good thing especially when you have a mountain of work to make .... but the carpet inspired piece ( I posted a pic about a month ago) was really playing on my mind- because it was crooked. I am no perfectionist mind but it was just too crooked to live with. I have been looking and looking to see how I could fix it and finally found a way but whilst I was at it I found this bit of tie dyed silk from awhile ago- and it's perfect to make Zenobia's blanket combined with a royal purple piece I had left over from the Gilgamesh blanket.

Thank you for all your lovely comments about my Traveller's blanket and Lainie asked what was the story behind it again. The blanket is inspired by the idea that the maker is a traveller in the footsteps of Ibn Battuta one of the great travellers from medieval times in the decade or so preceding Marco Polo- and the fragments of fabric that he sews to the blanket are an aide de memoire of his experiences , but, as he is also a fabric merchant it is his way of memorising cloth to be replicated in the future when he is home- it's a bit of a play on the idea of memory of cloth and memory as a sensation rather than a photographic record.

I am toying with the idea of making the catalogue - Caravanserai -for the exhibition available for sale on the Viovio website- I still need to add in some more pics and some more text.Basically you order the catalogue via the website and they print it and ship it to you and I will add in a small oroyalty for myself. I don't know whether the idea appeals to anyone? I had wanted to bulk buy them but I have run out of time and money ( the heater was important in order to make my work space more comfortable)

SOS- does anyone have a metre or 1.25 metres of Rhinstone diamonte braid ( metal ) 4 diamonte's wide that they are willing to sell or swap? We need it for my eldest daughters' formal dress al la Bond style- and the only places I have been able to find iit require you to buy 10 metres of it- which is just a tad too much!

And on another note- after lots of computer problems on both sides of the world it looks like we are finally in the last stages of getting our Lovely Lutradur cd ready for sale- I am hoping we will have it available by Monday- so watch this space!

5 comments:

jude said...

what a lovely and surprising splash of colors.....

jeanne herself said...

too crooked to live with . . . i know that well.

Jackie said...

Its good that you condensed the story in this post...I have only arrived late to your blog and have been saving it to read through when I have more time..but that never happens. I've cherry picked a few posts and have enjoyed it very much.

Shirley Goodwin said...

mmmm, love that purple!

Miles Johnson said...

Anything you can't seem to live with (crooked?) can be sent directly to me- thankyouverymuch. The purple/orange is gorgeous! Glad I followed a link from Claire Waguespack Fenton by way of Studio 78. Funny how these cyber paths meander, eh?