Gosh, I have been a busy little bee lately. With proofreading projects finished, I finally have time for my art class, my fiddlings with fabric and paper, and a second workshop (on drawing) is starting soon. I love this journey I have embarked upon. Learn as much as I can, have fun with it, and create things on the way ... What more could one want? For me it is not really about the product at the end of it. Maybe that will change, but for the moment I am just playing and experimenting and not obsessing too much about the end result.
I have been wanting to make 'paper fabric' since reading Stitch Alchemy by Kelli Perkins. Paper fabric is formed by combining layers of tissue papers, strips of other paper, fabric and ephemera, paint, stamping, etc. Everything is pasted together using acrylic gel medium - delightfully messy and gooey work. Best to cover the desk completely with cling wrap before you start! Once dry you then use this as the background for other work. I iron on vilene so that I can stitch or embroider on it.
Journey (tissue papers, wrapping paper, newspaper, maps, shopping bag image, paint, raffia, fabric images, embroidery yarn, bamboo - photocopied, stamped, painted, hand and machine stitched.)
The quote is by Lao Tzu:
" A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving."