Monday was a really thought provoking day. I've made some substantial decisions about what I want to do and what I need to do. High on my list is a substantial need to rediscover of my artistic voice, The positive comments on my previous post about art I created about 10 years ago has given me much needed encouragement to find my creative voice again. Long live the blog!
I've literally only just discovered and joined Instagram, and when I saw this picture loaded by the Pitt Rivers Museum my heart lurched and I knew I needed to know more. I have a thing about amulets and talismen, a big thing, as is evident from a selection of books taken off my bookshelves.
I love the superstitions that are woven in as they are created, the simple naive constructions though to complex silversmithing. I'm fascinated by the power to protect, to bring good luck and to hold magical properties that's attributed to these small objects by their owners. I even have my own; a very small Turkish eye bead intended to deflect the evil eye attached to the small purse I keep my travelling knitting notions in:
In 2013 we embarked on a project to make a very steep garden a useable space. During the course of digging out terraces and shifting many tons of earth we discovered a treasure trove of small objects. Handling and setting out these small items in groups is inspiring, most are everyday things, quite often only small pieces of larger things, nonetheless these fragments inspire me:
All my work used to start with some form of inspiration, a bit of research, then some drawing. Fairly standard art practise, my next rediscovery has to be how to get from inspiration such as the Pitt Rivers amulet and my found objects to a piece of textile work.
A good place to start would actually be a knitting book, a pad of squared paper, a pencil, fine-liner and a few coloured pencils.