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I ran at lunch. A whole hour in the rain and wind. yay! I'm a rock star. My wet socks are yucky, but that's okay - i've hung them in my cube to dry. (lol)

Art... About the gold work class, I pulled open my RSN embroidery book I purchased from JoAnn fabrics because it occurred to me it might have something relevant.

Dang I'm smart! The book has a top apprentice piece in the techniques I will be doing. It was beautiful in its simplicity yet interesting and NOT 2 dimensional. Now I have a sense of expectations. Such a relief!
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I feel like Winnie the Pooh, "Think, think, think, ... art, art, art..."

I've got my RSN cert course coming up in April. On day 1 I'll be taught a variety of goldwork techniques and then I will have to design a piece that highlights those and finish it in 10 days. I'm very concerned about my ability to design something appropriate.

I spent yesterday learning Jacobean embroidery from Lucy Barter (Forever Studios, San Francisco). She showed us color scans of apprentice pieces from the RSN and it hit me that I am a very linear thinker and I think the design aspect is going to be hard. I don't want to be adequate, I want to be good. And "good" is going to depend on a starting with a good design. I want to play with texture and light and since the piece will be an ocean of gold on a solid ground, I've got 2 colors: metallic and whatever the ground is.

So I've got piles of books all over my floor as I try to jump start my muse into playing "design something that will Snap! using surface couching, pearl purl, and bright chek." I have no idea if I will be allowed to work color elements (like Or Nue) into this or not. It looks like the muse is still sleeping off the sleeves. So far I've been doodling plants, Renaissance garden plans, and fruit. I'm thinking and doodling and thinking. Miss E snatches my sketch pad when I put it down and uses it as a guide to sketch something into HER note book. It's really cute and now she has pretty good copy-cat versions of all my sketches. I had a stray thought that if it's possible, I need to get her into an art class.

Think, think, think... I may start taking my camera everywhere with me and photograph stuff. Maybe I can find an interesting window frame with plants... there's a ton of cute gardens and run down houses near work. Maybe a window with a security grill that's framed in climbing ivy... kind of tells a story about life that appeals to my sense of humor 'live safe vs living free' ...

think think think... art art art...

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Jan. 11th, 2010 12:49 pm
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I ran 5 miles last night which was a bummer because in my fantasy plan I was supposed to run 8. Oh well. Missing runs Friday and Saturday and being on my feet all day Saturday might be the culprits. My plan for the half marathon has firmed up to a interval approach, so I think I only need to get my long run from 7.5 miles to 10 miles in the next few weeks. I'm home sick today, so I'll probably spend the day chilling out and then do the 8 miles in the gym tonight.

I spent last nights exertions doing a few things: cheering the calorie counter which shows me the theoretical results of all that effort, watching the gym tv (no sound) which was showing some badly costumed late night movie with something like "Seeker" in the title, and trying to figure out what my next big project is.

I have no idea what I want to make next. None. No big visions. I just did the big vision. I consoled myself that I still have my 2 project lists (costume and embroidery) and I will be getting back to Conal's Pelican and Isela's kirtle shortly. No doubt the kids will need something new this fall plus I've promised to make a Victorian jacket for a friend for next years Dickens. But there's no shiney picture in the back of my head flogging me onwards and it feels weird. I think my muse is probably putting her feet up and encouraging me to enjoy the sensation of completing something big.

But I have plenty to do.
*Focused playdates with the apprentices. I have buckets of love that I need to dump on them.
*I've made verbal commitments to visit 2 different people at their homes to join them in an day of patterning, design and sewing and I'm really excited.
*I'm going to put together a class proposal for IKINS for 2011 focused on something Italiano+costume+period letters - maybe the role of clothing in ceremony vs everyday life, how it differed. We'll see if I have enough material to pull that together to be worth someone's time to hear.
*I've offered to help get classes for our Collegium autocrats - many hands make work light.
*I'm also going to do a costume clinic sometime soon, which a few cohorts said they really need. The "Clinic" is where everyone brings some project they hate, finished or not, and as a group we help each other trouble shoot it. When we're done reviewing everyone's projects (and not everyone needs feedback, but it's there if you are stumped and want to bounce ideas off a healthy group of people who will give you the hard message in a sensitive way), we pull out seam rippers and begin our respective fixes. Everyone has said they like it and it helps them pull out the failed garments that have haunted their closets for years and either repair, recycle or discard them.
*Royal School of Needlework week long certification class in April (a week of gold work! bring it! yay!)

I bet my muse takes a little break and gets all inspirational later this spring after the RSN Class
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The event was fun. I got to see a lot of fabulous friends, long-absent friends, and made some brand new ones.

The "bird cage hat" was very eye catching. the power of the hat )

Real world vs Snow Globe World
I found myself reflecting on the melodrama of the SCA this morning. Living in Your own Little Snow Globe )
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I feel like I need to add some explanation. It occurs to me that people might wonder what journey of research and inspiration fueled this project and whether it's supposed to be entirely creative or represent something from the 15th century period. (See, I assume you have the same analytical process as I do and ask yourself the following questions even before embarking, which are: Is that a representation of how embroidery would have been utilized in the 15th century? Are those techniques appropriate for the application? What about motifs? overall design? supplies? etc)

Cut for long content background )


nevermind all that chat, show me the pictures )
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Nicholas turned 9 today. Yay! He got to choose dinner (McD), which we took home. I had cupcakes for us to eat afterwards. I put candles on his and light them, then turned off the lights, and Miss E and I sang to him. He was pretty excited. Then, since all his homework was done, we spent the evening playing board games and snuggling on the sofa. F got home and had presents. Apparently, unknown to me, Super N wanted something besides Legos; some sort of Star Wars game thing that plugs into the TV. Super N freaked out and leaped around the place once he unwrapped it. It was pretty awesome to see him be happy.

In fact, he's doing GREAT at school this week. I can't stop telling him how proud I am. He's even counseling Miss E to put on a happy face when she's being cranky at her teachers.

I just read ermine-rat's post about crazy seamstresses and 12th Night. I didn't intend to drive myself crazy with 12th Night projects. But ... I did.Why am I wearing a bird cage and feathers on my head? )

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Jun. 25th, 2009 10:45 am
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I'm (still) stitching on Pelican.

I'm stitching...I'm stitching...I'm stitching...
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I worked on the opus project last night. I think I may have ruined it. sigh.

I thickened up the dark bands. At first I liked it. This morning ... I'm not too sure. It seems kind of bold for the scale. But earlier I was thinking it was too understated. I suspect that "mastery" will mean striking a good balance of scale. Also, my banding is not all the same size. I have come to suspect mastery may also mean maintaining similar scale throughout.

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