Process and product

It is so lovely to have a long stretch of warm sunny weather, (broken occasionally by a thunderous deluge or two). It is somewhat enervating though, and I haven’t written much here for a while. But a couple of recent creative workshops have been fun, if completely different. One was on Dorset Button making which I had thought would not be really my kind of thing. But they proved fun to do, easily portable, and have kept my fingers usefully occupied whilst watching commonwealth games etc…. I have a growing collection of experiments – singletons, birds eyes, Blandford wheels, and Yorkshires to use at a later date.IMG_1733

Another day was spent creating silk paper landscapes – completely different from button making – and I enjoyed the free, impressionistic effects. I based two of my landscapes on beach scenes of the Pacific north west, where I holidayed last year. Here they are in their unfinished state, but I could almost smell the spray and hear the roar of the waves again as I made them.sesacapeseascape2

A few other stitched landscapes I have made over the months have been bubble wrapped and parceled up for an exhibition in a local gallery this week. (The Hayloft Gallery, Christchurch) It feels strange putting work “out there” for others to scrutinise, and not a little worrying. I love the creative process, but what of the product? What is it for? Who is it for?

It is not dissimilar to writing this blog, I don’t know who will read my words, what impact (if any) those words will have. But occasionally I receive feedback from a reader that something resonated, and helped, encouraged, soothed or gave insight. I scour other people’s creative blogs for inspiration, so perhaps my little stitched landscapes might be an encouragement to others to “just sew”, “just write” something, anything….

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10 responses to “Process and product

  1. lovely keep going it is fantastic

  2. annajanegreaves

    Well done! Great pictures.

  3. They are beautiful – both the Dorset Buttons (which I first loved when doing City & Guilds Embroidery) and the landscapes, which i think are very accomplished. The silk landscapes remind me of a silk felting day that I did once – I, too am getting back to more creative stuff and your blog is certainly an inspiration to me – thank you for posting! xx

  4. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    Pretty.

  5. niki@gledhillnet.co.uk

    Beautiful landcsapes, if I lived nearby I would come to Christchurch to view them!

    • Thanks Niki! I’m off to do a spot of stewarding at the Hayloft tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see who does drop by to view the exhibition, of which my pieces are only a small part.

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