Hand painted and stitched cloth, silk, nylon, cotton.
Hand painted and stitched cloth - silk, nylon, cotton.
These are unprecedented times for all, putting us in isolation against a disease we know nothing about that has effected the entire world and for which as yet there is no cure. It is a scary prospect, and one which initially threw me into a state of fear and shock. However as weeks have gone by and the name Covid is used incessantly in all the media I have become calm and oddly inspired and revitalised in my studio. This time to think, to re-asses and reevaluate is like a gift and I'm not wanting to waste a second. Like an epiphany after years of muddling around not really feeling committed I have a new direction and passion that is spilling out.
I wonder how we will all look back on this time, and even if the old way of life will return, but it is with mixed emotions that I have to change and adapt to what we have and 'is' and stay positive. This new body of work explores these emotions and the connotations of our situation through simple abstract shape, colour and the positive and negative spaces created defined through stitch.
The ideas are flowing freely at last, so much so I can't keep pace, but that's a good thing. The sewing machine is getting a battering and I keep sewing myself to it, but you don't choose when to be creative, it 'happens' and you have to run with it.
Hand painted recycled stitched cloth wall hanging.
Hand painted stitched cloth wall hanging.