Don’t Sweat the small stuff!
I’ve been having loads of fun recently making small things!
I’ve tried various approaches to corsage, peonies, poppies: none of which really worked in my estimation. Then I tried making these nests by creating tension in the felt via machine embroidery…and I love them! I spent a fair amount of time trying to put things in them and I have done on a couple of other brooches:
but I like them just plain. They remind me of something out of a Miro painting and I like their irregular undulations and the way the shadow and light plays with the colour of the threads and felt. I think this is why I am preferring them plain…because the details detract from the subtle colourplay. Anyway…they went down very well at the show… sold out on the second day!
Recently I have been making things with lavender because I have a huge bag of it sitting in the corner (left overs from a Sofa workshop marketing job).
These hearts draw their inspiration in part from the limestone pebbles and rocks found all over lismore with gashes of quartz running through them. I love the combination of hot orange and charcoal which I see often in the orange lichen on deep grey rocks.
I have to show you this pin cushion – another lavender fancy. It’s a bit of a departure from my usual style but I’m feeling the need for some light relief. So far they have proved very popular. Maybe we are all needing a break from the heavy stuff!
I’d best get back to work now
See you soon