Decorative December

This month is flying by faster than Santa’s reindeer’s! I have  been working on finishing a number of outstanding projects, this included a small outside faux stone arch and  also embellishing a wall-hanging Autumn.

Autumn 5

I have  added more appliquéd leaves, and  also used hand embroidery with woven roses and bullion knots. Then over Christmas I practised my stitches and using the theme of ‘Air’ from the Creative Every Day site I completed ‘My Bird’

My Bird

Xmas Candle

My creativity has also drifted like snow around the house with red and gold accents in nearly every room; out went the simple dough-made xmas decorations I bought in Mexico in 1998, that I used to I hang on my tree every year.

Through my  friend Julia, I met Aislinn Knight, who was on holiday on the island, she has a MA in Fine Arts from Aberystwyth university.

The Seven Seals Aislinn Knight

Our subsequent conversations has tugged at an idea. and one my mother has been nourishing. I have been researching the possibility of working on an on-line City & Guilds textile course. When I mentioned the idea to my husband he inquired ‘why not go for a higher qualification?’ Is there such a course available  online? So far I have not found anything. There is some appeal in working  towards a significant recognisable qualification.

Well, well well, I leafed through my July issue of The Artist magazine today and followed up an advert for the Open College of Arts based in the UK, and behold there is an online BA(Hons) Creative Arts degree that has textile components. I spent the next 3 hours reading everything I could and getting more and more excited about this idea, and then going so far as asking OCA how to matriculate!

Decorative December

Now that I have completed ART EVERY DAY OF NOVEMBER, I am wide open to the creativity right in front of me. I am  fascinated by Suminagashi ( or Japanese floating ink paintings) of which I watched a video clip on Cloth Paper Scissors.

sumnigashi

The patterns are the result of coloured inks  floating on  plain water, then  transferred to an absorbent surface like paper  or fabric.  I only have pink and purple ink.  Once the ink was floating on the water, I dipped some watercolour paper onto the surface, removed it, then left it aside to dry.

Suminagashi

A key element in Japanses art, which I find utterly compelling, is zakka, which indicates, anything that improves your everyday life. This especially concerns handmade objects. The ideas is to make everything,no matter how mundane or ordinary, into something beautiful. Zakka- style adds extra little special touches to things, from art journals, to crafts, canvases and clothing, walls and gardens, while still maintaining an elegant simplicity.

I have  signed up for the Art Every Day Challenge: The theme for December is AIR, and suggestions include:

  • Get outside and take pictures of the sky at different times of day.
  • *Use hot air in your work. Try blowing wet media with a blower or try encaustic.
  • *Capture the movement of wind in drawing or painting.
  • *Make clouds out of fabric.
  • *Focus on the air or negative space in your work.
  • *Write a poem about the way air feels on your skin.
  • *Turn on a fan and take some fun wind-blown self-portraits.
  • *Create more airspace around you, by clearing out some clutt