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Mark Making on Silk Organza

Mark making on silk organza using procion dyes and Manutex with bits of garden hose, an old umbrella handle, edge of a credit card, etc.  Overlaying and arranging till a winter landscape emerges – a few spare hours playing with fabric.

I Love a Good Poem – Libby Smith

Whilst on holiday in Shropshire earlier this year I found a lovely book of poems by Kate Innes titled “Flocks of Words” which is also the first poem in the book.  It is so beautiful and is about how the changing words that describe a landscape as it moves through the seasons fly away, migrate like birds.  It describes a naked landscape in winter and imagining “that land in spring and watching the words return” and putting them on “like fresh plumage or a newly laundered dress”.  Definite inspiration for new work.  

I love a good poem to get my creativity going and yesterday I was reminded of the work I did last year on Emily Dickinson.  I put together a book about different aspects of her life and hand embroidered part of a poem on a double layer of silk organza, a technique I was taught by Rosalind Wyatt and is based on chain stitch.  Whilst trying to master the technique Rosalind said it was not important that you could see the threads showing through from the back of the work and that also not to worry if you couldn’t read it very clearly, it is the overall impression of a handwriting, being able perhaps to pick out an occasional word and what it all might mean.  I have used different shades of grey thread to give the impression of fading.