I’ve been studying Pat Langford’s Embroidery from Sketch to Stitch, Quilters’ Resource, Inc, 1996, ISBN 0-9629056-7-4
This lady is first and foremost an embroiderer, which I’m really not, although various little things are nudging me in that direction.
Sketching is obviously a huge part of what she does. Maybe this will be the impetus that will get me sketching on a more regular basis instead of wringing my hands and being a sniveling wannabe.
I’m intrigued by the way she pushes the envelope, using puff paint on a baby blanket (although you would never know from looking at the finished work), and crayoning onto microfibre.
Specific things I want to try:
Polychromos coloured pencils on microfibre, ironed to heat set
Transfer dyeing with Crayola fabric crayons on paper, ironed onto the microfibre fabric.
Pentel crayons directly onto linen in several layers. Langford actually covered the fabric in places. Hmmm, thrift store hunt for old linen coming up maybe? Too bad I no longer have the orange linen tablecloth that was in my wedding registry, that would have been so dramatic!
Langford has many platters, which are round or oval art quilts. That’s a possible direction.
After the busyness and frenzy of preparing for and being in the Artists In Motion @ The Empress show, I vowed to take things easy/take the summer off. Of course THAT’S not gonna happen, but as I recuperated I challenged myself to write down all the different outstanding projects and tasks of every description that I have on my plate. It’s four pages long, so I’m forcing myself to look at this list every day, cross things off it as and when possible, and not undertake any more new projects.
So in order to stay focused artistically, I’m starting a new page on the blog for things I want to try, so that I can have a handy reference. Of course I have a sketchbook on the go too but this will be a good handy way to preserve links electronically.
Before the show I did find that restricting myself to working in a series was helpful. I am continuing with that series in order to have more to show at the Moss Street Paint-In, where we will be exhibiting on Thurlow Street next to the Moss Street market.