Norma Minkowitz Viewed Aug 22 2019

Just a place holder so I can fill this in later about this fibre artist who uses crochet as a base.

She really does mostly sculpture which incorporates crochet as a sort of framework. “Delicate but strong” I’ve been thinking this as I crochet a base for a new work. I think of it as soft armour like chain mail, and this is informing the course of this latest work.

I’ve been wanting to use knitting or crochet or weaving to make my own fabric for a textile work for a long time but seeing Norma’s work has finally got me going. I’m going to use free form crochet to add extra random patterning and create a tunic that is then embroidered and dyed to be presented as a flat tall work sort of like a banner. It can then be also put over the head and worn as a tunic viewed 22 Aug 2019

viewed 22Aug 2019

The top one was my inspiration but now I see she also does ornate embroidered wearable art. I’m think of something more rustic

The big de-clutter project

I’m really enjoying creating the quilt for the Island Quilts show.

I’m making bound blocks with text. I clear an area of my house and then use something on its way to the rubbish to print or create the imagery in some way on a piece of fabric. I then back and bind and embroider text explaining the area of the house this is sourced from.

It’s so good clearing the house eagerly so I can make a block.

And again I’m enjoying the piecemeal way of creating.

Snow from the Beach

Just catching up the blog a bit. This was a recent work for a stitching and beyond A3 challenge. Tasmanian Textures was the theme, but I challenged myself to use scraps from blue ukulele and extract all the colours from a combo of cyanotype and household stuff like washing powder and tea. Pretty pleased with the range.

Seeing snow from the beach was a goal I had as a young adult thinking about a place to live. Hobart fits that bill😀

Highlights project

While we are still putting together Fragments of Calm Carolyn and I have started working on a new daily project for the month of August. It doesn’t have an official title yet. It I like to think of it as the Highlights project. It is a 4 inch block each day which we are using cyanotype and stitch to mark out the highlight or a good thing or something happy about our days.

They will be joined in a calendar layout. Daily project work seems to work very well for Carolyn and I and I want to continue it in my ongoing work. Quilt as you go, embroider in warm comfort in front of the tv, handling small things. These are pleasurable for me. As is collecting lots of work fragments and testers and presenting them all together as one work. Somehow that works for me, creating a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Two of the recent blocks. Cyanotype image didn’t work on the second.

Chung-Im Kim

Bojagi- Korean wrapping cloths

Love the combination of machine and hand stitch and she is also using stencils. Telling stories of her family. So quite relevant all round. Using hemp and ramie because of stiffness and you can also see the way she has hand sewn with most of the stitch on the front. Just picking up one thread of the hemp at times. Viewed 25/7/19

Thinking about blue ukulele

Probably taking most inspiration from this painting called Mandora by Georges Braque Viewed 2 June 2019

It shows the fragmenting and how I might be able to delineate the ukulele body with shading. It also has line which I plan to add over the top of the patches in stitch.I’m also thinking of adding labelling of ukulele parts. Sort of a nod to another modern art movement constructivism. And of course I am referencing cubism by making the quilt out of patches that are constituted of different views of the ukulele in cyanotype. So I’ll do photograms of different views and compile to make a larger than life ukulele. And the views are differing in another sense too in that they are photograms.


Here is the final quilt that I sent off to the Modern Quilt show