"There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms. A physical, an emotional, a mental and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."

Rumer Godden 1907 - 1998

Monday, 24 August 2015


My major preoccupation over the weekend was the transformation of my study into my studio. It's been 7 years since my space in the house was dedicated to my stitched textile work. As I moved my things around and emptied boxes I found myself reconnecting with sketchbook and embroideries created more than 15 years ago, finding lots of paper and fabric samples that I don't ever remember creating. In one of my sketchbooks was some work based upon pictures taken at a railway station that had been redeveloped, attached to one page was a list that went a bit like this:
  • renewal
  • reclaimation
  • recycle
  • rejuvenate
  • redeveloped
  • renovation
Even if I can't recall the words exactly this morning they are part of how I feel about where I am creatively. My most recent reading has focused a bit on revisiting; I'm a huge fan of Twyla Tharp's book 'The Creative Habit' and she devotes space in that to returning to past works for inspiration for new. I've also been enjoying three books written by Cas Holmes, I love her art practise, there's lots of what she does that I find really appealing and attractive. Her work and the techniques she uses don't require the latest trendy materials and media, she uses what she has and what she finds often recycling pieces that haven't worked as she would have liked, whilst producing work that is appealing and has integrity. Cas blogs at Cas Holmes Textiles . I'm eagerly awaiting the publication of a book called 'Slow Stitch' by Claire Wellesley- Smith in early September, from the blurb on Amazon this book sounds like it'll be a good addition to my bookcase.

I have a heap of embroidery samples and unfinished embroideries on my desk, and a box full on the floor. As I haven't worked on any of these in the last 7 years it's unlikely I'll finish them. I feel that makes these fair game for some reworking. The same goes for a lot of large pieces of painted and collaged paper

I've used words staring with Re a lot in this post, as I drove into work this morning, I knew the name for my new sketchbook and textile work would be:  'Re...', as everything I feel about where I am at the moment is about the list above as well as other words like refocus, revise and regain.

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