Does my work look happy?

I have mentioned before how I recently took part in an online workshop through Fibrearttakestwo with Clare Benn and recently she wrote this very inspirational post about her working practice.

It really is a very good and inspirational read explaining how Clare lets her work speak to her – in this post she is actually having a conversation with one of her pieces!

This is what she says: When I work with intention, the idea, inspiration, source – call it what you will – comes first. I have a dialogue with myself, do free word associations, make lists of words about line, texture, shape, colour etc. that describe what I’m trying to get at. I’m seeking to create something that helps me manifest the idea and build my content. Once I’ve made a start, that dialogue is ongoing.

Clare ends with this: The work will tell you when it’s happy, you’ll know when it’s right.

A very good piece of advice.

Not sure if this piece I finished is happy – it’s a piece of linen fabric I coloured with natural dyes while on the course. I have followed the marks made when colouring the fabric and used French Knots, back stitch and seeding stitch. It measures about 45 x 60 cms.

I spent hours doing the seeding stitch even though it doesn’t really show up in the photographs.

Close ups of the French Knots – my favourite stitch – and other stitches.

I don’t tend to do a lot of hand stitching, I think that probably shows, but I must admit I did enjoy this.

Don’t forget to check out Clare Benn’s post here you will not be dissapointed.

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