Posts filed under ‘Inspiration’
Wishing you all a very happy and safe festive break – however you celebrate! Thank you so much for your support in 2015! It’s been a big year and we all need to put our feet up!
I’ll be taking a break from the blog for a few weeks, but I’m sure I’ll still pop the odd photo up on Instagram – you can find me under the handle ‘touch.wood.design‘.
With Christmas and the next GOMA market fast approaching, I’ve been looking for some inspiration for a couple of new cushion designs to add to my menagerie. It got me thinking of how varied my tastes have become when it comes to textiles…
While I like the idea of nice, neat matching cushions, I’m also a big fan of lots of mismatched soft furnishings with the theme of abundance – especially when it comes to colour! This reminded me of one of my favourite artists and his approach, which appeals to the hoarder in me.
British artist Mark Hearld’s most recent exhibition was influenced by a short story called The Lumber Room, by Saki, which was read to him in an English class when he was 15. As Mark explains:
“Since I heard Saki’s story I have always been intrigued by the idea of a locked room that contained treasures so wonderful they are beyond what your mind can imagine. In this exhibition I wanted to create the sense of excitement and wonder that you get when you discover the key to the room and see the ‘forbidden’ objects for the first time.”
Food for thought…
Still plugging away at my new African Safari postage stamp cushion series… and now I’m up to the elephant! The challenge is capturing those enormous ears – and the enormous size of these amazing animals – while still making him look friendly. Stay tuned…
I’ve been meaning to take some pictures of this lovely Japanese embroidery book to show you for a while. Nothing like the holidays for taking stock and remembering all those things that didn’t quite make it to the to-do list…
This book doesn’t have a particular theme, but there’s a lot of beautiful satin stitch and detailed close-up photos, along with outline drawings for all the works.
Plenty of inspiration – I always love anatomical hearts!
And there are also heaps of examples of creative lettering, like this one. Very pretty!
Oh my, didn’t this year go by quickly?! I’ve been taking some time out this week to reflect on what was an incredibly productive year and remembering a few of my favourite things…
Top 10 fabric finds
1. Boomerang beat barkcloth in black
10. Tiki barkcloth
Top 5 vintage sewing patterns
Here are my favourites from Saturday Special this year.
1. Vogue 7229 – I had been stalking this pattern for a while and finally came across a copy! It’s very Agent 99 (from Maxwell Smart)!
Top 5 most popular cushions
1. Vintage boomerangs barkcloth in yellow cushion – so glad I decided to back this one in yellow – it’s such a happy colour!
Top 5 albums
My favourite 2015 releases to sew to.
1. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold – these Swedish sisters carved a path to my heart pretty quickly!
2. Interpol – El Pintor – this one turned out to be a grower (and how could you go past a song about cruising in an Oldsmobile?).
3. Dum Dum Girls – Too True – sometimes you need a little bit of 80s-style pop.
4. Rob Snarski – Wounded Bird – the perfect Sunday afternoon record from the Blackeyed Susans’ songwriting maestro.
5. The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin – yep, I sew on Saturday nights too!
Thanks for all your support in 2014. I hope your 2015 is everything you’d like it to be!
We know it’s winter when this wattle tree flowers. And right on cue, after the westerly winds blew every last remnant of cloud away to leave a perfectly blue sky, out popped these beautiful flowers – like a sprinkling of bright yellow French knots on blue linen!
Walking past this tree in full bloom on my way to work each day is one of the small pleasures in life… Aside from being an indelibly Australian image, it only happens once a year and this tree only flowers for a couple of weeks, so I make sure I take the time to stop and breathe in the heavy scent while it lasts.
After a spot of morning tea, Mr A and I went back into the Queensland Art Gallery to see the Yirrkala Drawings exhibition, which I think I enjoyed more than any show I’ve seen in a long time. It was moving, inspirational, evocative and very easy on the eye.
The story behind it is that in 1947 Indigenous elders from the Yirrkala community in north-east Arnhem Land produced hundreds of vibrant lumber crayon drawings on brown butcher’s paper for the anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt. This exhibition presents 81 drawings out of about 360 that were produced and the colour palette is extraordinary: in brilliant red, blue, yellow, green and black, they depict Yolgnu culture and life. The photo below shows a spread from the exhibition catalogue that’s indicative of the works – the one on the left is by Bangaliwuy Marrawungu and titled ‘Shooting Star Site at Dhuwalkitj’.
I know I see the world through the prism of fabric, but there were so many that I could see reproduced as quilts – I think they would be spectacular!
I’ve been on the hunt for new inspiration on the stamp cushion front… and it’s taken me to a new continent. Look out for some fun critters coming your way soon.
When Mr A and I were in Melbourne in January – it seems like ages ago now – we paid a visit to one of our favourite bookstores, Metropolis, and this is one of the special books that came home with us. It’s exactly as described: a miscellany of terms used to quantify groups of things. It’s the kind of book that I would have read from cover to cover as a child!
As you can see, it’s going to be a great source of inspiration and is already collecting a few post-it notes for a new series of woodcuts Mr A is planning. Me? I just want to make a circus of puffin cushions!