Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Another month has passed so here is the update on my stitching... For some reason best known to myself I didn't stitch according to THE plan. I think I was a wee bit weary of stitching her hair. Should I have a plan for next month - perhaps not - considering we are heading in the direction of the silly season at a rapid rate...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Reflections of Nature

If you have the opportunity to see a copy Janet Hall's 'Reflections of Nature' it is well worth it. Page after page of pure inspiration. It beats me how someone can look at a butterfly then recreate it in textiles. Some of the moths and flowers which are illustrated in the book are so lifelike it was difficult to tell them apart from their real models. A quote from the backcover says it all..
In a unique combination of art, photography and prose Janet Hall magically intertwines her exquisite work as a textile artist with the world which inspires it. She presents her breathtakingly beautiful embroideries through numerous photograhs and descriptions, conveying the very essence of her work: 'to achieve works which are not simply observational, but translations of wonder as well as nature.'
I borrowed this book on one of my many recent trips to the library - I found it by chance - and once I opened it I was 'hooked'. I have already enquired to its price - perhaps at some stage a copy will become an addition to my library...

Sunday, October 7, 2007

To state the obvious...

...buttons!!! E had to go to Zart - an art supply shop quite close to us. Really it is more than just an art supplier it also has lots and lots of other interesting 'crafty' type stuff because of the sort of supplier it is. A few weeks ago it had amazing hand dyed shanks of wool just ready to be knitted into a million possibilities but I resisted!!!! Zart is as close to heaven as any arty type could want - there is paper and pencils and crayons and pastels and dyes and paints and - I could go on... If you are this side of Melbourne go check it out for yourself. We go there that often they knows us - scary!!!!!

P and I were wandering around waiting for E is gather her supplies together when P spotted the buttons - I don't think he thought that I would actually buy them - they were in 250 gram packets for $3.00 approx. While they are all modern buttons there are a lots of interesting ones among them and quite a mixture of sizes and designs which I could see used in a lot of ways.. What am I going to do with them - who knows - but I know that I have them in my stash ready and waiting.