Stitched stories of indigo, sea creatures and other small things

I have been working on new ideas developing a new universe inspired by Japanese Boro and folk art imagery. I’ve been collecting Japanese indigo textiles with their beautiful hues faded by time and wear. I’ve created these small squares using traditional techniques and vintage bits of kimonos and these came out. The fish, the 4 legged octopus and the sea urchin.4 legged octopussea urchin

This is a textile illustration on hemp / linen fabric inspired by American old quilts and using Japanese textiles. I’m very happy about it. It’s a good path to follow and I would love to use this technique to illustrate a book!chicksMore chicks

 

Of fishermen and the sea

Hooded fishermen, small boats, my small obsessions .They’re recurring images in my work as the sea is a luminous source of life, calm or rough. I love it anyhow. Sometimes it’s the memory of the sea that draws me in and makes me want to paint it. Some details from a new project. I’ve been playing with the same image over the years and it’s so interesting to see how it changes depending on what media I’m using. This is watercolour on paper.Right manLeft man

Star soup and waxy moods

I finally finished this new work experimenting with a new technique. I love working with wax, mixing things. Love the alchemy of it all. Never really liked chemistry in school but the way I work now my table is always covered with bottles and jars almost as if I was creating an interesting recipe. There’s no rule just a beginning and an end. In this case the end came late as I kept adding things. Mother rabbit couldn’t have enough stars in her pot… Is it successful? I like it as it is a step towards something new… And I like new.star-soupRabbit -mama

Happy

HappyHappy is one of the original fabric collages I made recently and is hanging in the sun today. It’s so rare to feel happy but when the sun is shining it gets a little bit easier to feel that tickling inside, so misterious and so volatile…

Stitching away

Lovely blue skies out there. I moved my work to the sunniest room in the house and although messy it feels light and airy. Whenever I go it’s the same old story. Threads, bits everywhere but who cares… Here is something I made out of an old silk scarf and other bits from everywhere. I called it Pueblo in honour of all the people in the world. The shape, long and thin and the warm colours remind me of hot climate and beautiful dark skin. It’s all hand stitched and hangs from a soft piece of leather. It can be used as a teapot/mug stand and when you’re done you can hang it and enjoy it on a wall. I really like it and will sell it together with other fabric things very soon.Hanging

Outside inside

OutsideI’ve been working on new projects involving a lot of stitching and sewing. Sewing is so relaxing and meaningful to me. I really love patterns developing in my hands. When you make something out of cloth it feels like looking through a kaleidoscope with colours and shapes emerging sometime out of nowhere: it’s  the only type of geometry I understand. Really…  It was also time for a bit of spring cleaning. Opening windows, washing old curtains. Domestic life it’s good if it’s for a purpose. Spiders run away now when they see me… They’re tough though and will come back!  The garden looks beautiful. Green and full of black birds. This big bird I made ( hiding behind the foliage) is here to stay. It will never fledge as it was born big, too big for taking off…My new cards are almost ready and I’m really pleased with what I’ve seen so far. I’ll post them here very soon.
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Spring happenings

Hello there. Sorry for my absence. If anyone noticed I’ve been away for a few weeks busy with spring cleaning my lovely old home. So back and forth: with a brush on my left hand and a brain full of brilliant ideas that don’t always work. Never mind: big and small changes in the house and it feels nice to be back in my cozy home for a while. As the house is by the river births occur and these ducklings were born just a few days before I saw them for the first time. They were thirteen in total and two days after I only saw five of them. Let’s hope someone pinched them and took them home… Don’t want to think of anything sad at the moment.

New cards will be in my shop soon and other new things coming up as well

mother-and-ducklingDucklings