Creative Block Gone!

Today I received Cas Holmes’ book in the post, The Found Object in Textile Art. It is every bit as inspiring as going  on one of her workshops and learning from her personally. It is oozing with small and large ideas to develop textile and mixed media art projects. 

This  morning for example, I learned  about Momigami. It is the Japanese art of distorting paper and fabric. I am sure Cas will not mind sharing her techniques. Basically you take a sheet of paper (serviettes, magazine pages, brown parcel paper, sacking, cotton handkerchief, coffee filter paper etc. Oil your hands with cooking oil, fold the corners of the paper into the middle & scrunch up. Keep scrunching & gently massaging with the palms of the hands. Open it out and spread flat. With the oil on the palms and fingers, push gently outwards from the middle to the edges to stretch the fabric or paper. Repeat the process 3 or 4 times until you have a piece you like.

The resulting piece can be used as a starting point to either paint, stitch, stamp or embellish in some way. The one below was a 3 ply paper napkin left over from a barbecue. I show the before and after photos. What you may not be able to discern with my poor quality camera is that ‘after’ using the momigami techniques the napkin looks like a piece of silk! It is quite gorgeous and I now have to decide how to use it.

Being so inspired by this process, gave me a kick start to finish the Six Sweet Hearts I had started weeks before. I used a mixture of the collographed work I made in June and the recycled materials that I collected from the local animal charity monthly sale, then I got out the sewing machine.

Creative Blocks

I do love creative endeavour, and usually wake up in the morning thinking of creative projects to do. But occasionally I find there is something that holds me back, and that is working in isolation. I live on a small Spanish Island where teachers/mentors who speak in my language are almost impossible to find. I long to share my thoughts on a project, its materials and composition, its narrative and how its all going…or to go a course to help me develop my skills.

I have decided to surrender to the fact that I live where I do, I cant just up sticks and move. I’m married, and my husband and I have worked for 6 years to renovate a house to sell.  In the economic climate, in some cases, properties are selling for half their value on the island…so its not a good time to think about moving.

So I was thinking creatively today, instead of working on something. That’s when I came across the 2010 Creative Every Day of November Challenge and it gave me the little push in the direction I want to go. This  is the brainchild of Leah Piken Kolidas and her intention is for everyone to share their artwork and ideas online.

Art Every Day

The Art Every Day Month Survival Guide is a support network to help keep everyone on track. There will be a daily post (on a private blog) filled with inspiring artwork, quotes, writing, and occasional audio clips. A guide through the hills and valleys of this month long creative journey.
My blogs on this challenge are on a separate page titled Art Every Day of November.

I have also recently joined The Hand Embroidery Network where I noted some inspiring embroidery from all over the world.