Above: A couple of doodles for the calendar. I can't wait to get started on the Resolutions and the April altered umbrella which I showed you last week. *************************************************************************
I recently learnt how to make simple videos. You can see a couple at the link above. One video is a fairly simple slideshow and the other features some close-up video taken of my Roots and Wildwoman pieces so you can get a better idea of the textures than the simple photos give you.
I’m hoping to make a time-lapse movie soon of layering a textiles piece and hopefully some other exciting stuff too.
My fleeces have finally started to dry so I've begun to card them into "rolags" ready for spinning or felting. I now have carding blisters! I also picked out some interesting bits of wool that I want to keep as it is.
I've revamped my lens for the Foundling CD and added some larger images of projects from the book, some of which I don't think I've ever posted online before, so if you haven't got the book go and have a look. http://www.squidoo.com/Foundling-Textiles-Sketchbook
My next plan of action is to start working on making a Melted Fabrics Calendar. Lulu.com has this great option for making your own calendars but they work out as more expensive than your average calendar so I’ve been looking at ways to make the calendar give a little more. Instead of just sticking my images on each month I’m considering making a new project for every month and giving little tutorials or inspiration for your own craft projects.
I’ve only got a few simple ideas at the moment, along the lines of:
January- Janus- looking back and New Year’s Resolutions and adding text to textiles pieces. Possibly using paper etc. February- Valentines- learn to love yourself, self-portraits? Ideas of symbolic self-portraits. March- Spring, daffodils, seeds- seeds of ideas, bursting with inspirations- Muses- might work out well as some sort of art doll? April- April showers- umbrellas and rubber boots. Making some kind of textiles parasol/umbrella or even making an art coat/jacket? May- Maypoles and ribbons- weaving! June- Summer and Juno- peacock feathers. July- Independence days and fireworks. August- Leo and Virgo- the lion and the maiden- perhaps an art doll? September- back to school- learning , education, books, journals- art journals. October- Halloween, pumpkins, some sort of costume or mask. November- Thanksgiving, Turkeys. December- Christmas, gifts, holidays, trees, advent, candy canes, gingerbread men, a sewn advent calendar- pockets for each day?
If anyone has any ideas of things they’d like to see or techniques they want to learn, please feel free to e-mail them to me.
*********************************************************** I'm off to work out some fun Calendar projects, write up my creative journal, work on a couple of short stories and make a couple of lenses. It's going to be a busy day!
These are the things I’ve been working on this week:
Starting my historical women series of textiles. I’m really pleased with the way the Queen Elizabeth I is coming along. My sewing machine is making the most horrible sound, but I just realised I need to oil it much more frequently than it suggests as I’m using it every day for extended periods of time. The poor thing was second hand in the 60s, so it’s hardly surprising. Hopefully my Bernina will be fixed soon and I can go back to using that one.
I’m now in a competition to see which team can make the most lenses on Squidoo so I expect they’ll be a few more than usual in the coming weeks.
http://www.squidoo.com/versaillespalace This is my lens about Versaillles- one of the most opulent and enormous places I’ve ever been to. Working on this lens is what inspired me to make the “Marie Antoinette” piece above. If you look through this lens you’ll see my ideas for a textiles book. http://www.squidoo.com/Revelation-Costume This lens is about my Final Major Project for my Costume Degree. This is the project where I first started making cell structure-inspired textiles. http://www.squidoo.com/sweateroflove This is a lens I started about a sweater I knitted for my partner out of wool I handspun myself which leads me neatly onto...
Just in case you’re wondering why I keep posting links to my Squidoo lenses- I’m using Squidoo as a platform to share much more information about my textiles than I could on my website. I hope you find them interesting and useful!
Anyone interested in my cell structure textiles work will discover how I first started making those pieces by visiting my costume design lens for the Book of Revelation. Don’t worry, this is not a religious lens! http://www.squidoo.com/Revelation-Costume
I was lucky enough to visit Versailles when I went to Paris last summer and (of course!) I’m working on a Versailles Squidoo lens. I was hunting around youtube and I found this amazing video of the Vogue photo shoot for Marie Antoinette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1ONepIOTOE I’ve not seen Marie Antoinette but it looks worth it just for the costume. I love the designers’ interpretations of Marie Antoinette’s dresses.
I’m putting the Summer and Winter Art Quilts, that I showed you last week, on hold at the moment whilst I make smaller pieces. I have to post some artwork overseas and I realised it would cost £40 to send 4 art quilts- and I have to pay for them to come back again too!
I thought I would design four pieces with women from different ages in them. I started doodling ideas down. I like the idea of picking key historical figures- but my history isn’t that great. As you can see from my doodle I picked Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth, Jane Austen and... bustle lady... um, like I said, I’m not good with history. I will research this better later- but I like the idea of emphasising the changing silhouettes. I have to remember that there were no puffy sleeves for Marie Antoinette and I haven’t designed the Jane Austen lady yet. I have some yellow/sepia coloured organza that would work really well to make these pieces look aged.
I’m in mourning for my favourite doodling biro. It just ran out so now I’ll have to hunt the house for a replacement. Find out more about my doodles and the textiles pieces I made from them here: http://www.squidoo.com/Melteddoodles
I made a few more textiles-based Squidoo Lenses. I hope these will give everyone a little more in-depth information that I can’t fit on my website!
http://www.squidoo.com/MeltedCells Cell structure textiles is a lens where I’ve collected together a lot of the textiles I produced that were based on microscopic imagery. A lot of the first pieces I made when I left University in 2003 were abstract pieces based on cell structures.
http://www.squidoo.com/tarotdolls This lens is a collection of the tarot art dolls I made a while back. I’m also in the process of making a lens about my other art dolls and figurines with a view to making more sometime soon.
http://www.squidoo.com/lenfant L’enfant et les sortileges is a childrens’ opera by Ravel. As part of my degree course I designed costumes for this and you can see them here as well as some of my textiles samples and the things that inspired me.
Revelation Costume Designs- a lens about the costume designs and textiles I made for my degree final major project. Melted Doodles- a lens about some of the doodles I’ve scribbled down on scraps of paper over the years and what those doodles have turned into. Melted Dolls- a lens about my other art dolls. The Garden of the Empress- a lens about my textiles sketchbook “The Garden of the Empress”- you can see her on my website here: http://www.meltedfabrics.com/Textilepages/Empressbook.html On the lens there will be more details and more info about each page- how it was made and the inspiration behind it.
Late last night, whilst looking for content to add to my not-yet-published Squidoo Lens “The Garden of the Empress” I was looking through youtube for videos on altered books and journals and came across Suziblutube.
This week I’ve made a few Squidoo Lenses that aren’t strictly related to my textiles work, but they’ve actually inspired me to design some new pieces.
Selkies I want to start making a selkie skin inspired textiles piece- if you don’t know what a selkie is then head over to my Squidoo lens to find out more and see some gorgeous images of the Hebrides, Shetland and more: http://www.squidoo.com/selkie
The Wood Wife by Terry Windling is one of my favourite books and whilst researching it I found some beautiful images of Tucson, Arizona and Saguaro cacti and wildlife of the Sonoron Desert. It reminded me a lot of my textiles piece Red Rabbit. Find out more at: http://www.squidoo.com/Woodwife More info added as I reread the book!
Sedna is an Inuit Goddess and I’ve been working on a few “digital doodles” for a Sedna-inspired piece. My "doodle" is the first image on the lens: http://www.squidoo.com/Sedna
Keep an eye on my Squidoo profile to see upcoming new lenses about my Tarot-inspired art dolls and some of my initial drawings from over the years. I’ve had fun looking through a lot of my old journals and finding the doodles for different textiles pieces I’ve made and some that I never produced. The first ideas are often so full of life and I’ve found some fantastic old drawings that I might look back into again now that I know more about textiles and craft. One of my very early bag designs was a jellyfish bag with a light inside it!
I will be updating my Links page this weekend and making it more prominent on my website. If you have a craft-related website and would like to swap links please send me an e-mail at email@example.com
On this page you’ll find textiles pieces made from my kits.
If you’ve used one of my kits and would like to have your textiles shown on this page with a link to your craft-related website then please send me your images and info. This offer is open to anyone who buys a kit in the future.
...I’ve been going nuts on Squidoo! I made these new lenses about my textiles: