‘mind like a sieve’…

February 10, 2008

whenever I thought about the February take it further challenge the expression ‘mind like a sieve’ just kept popping up… so that’s going to be my starting point… I’ve got some fabric that I picked up on the beach… it’s full of holes… so seemed just right for this project…

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so the plan was to make a pillow cover…but while out yesterday I found, in a charity shop, a pack of two black pillow covers… so I encouraged the fabric into two pieces… so now have double the work…! will I ever learn to work small…

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I intend to quilt the cover with coloured thread into which I will stitch words / expressions of the things I’ve forgotten / or simple things that passed me by completely and of course the expression… ‘mind like a sieve’…

all the pins are out…

February 6, 2008

I’ve finally managed to get all the pins out… the seams are all either stitched & finished… tacked / basted… or fixed with hidden stitches… so the quilt is now easy to transport… it’s been to my art group… so instead of painting I sat and sewed… and it’s just had an outing to ‘team combat’… it attracted rather a lot of attention from the other Mums running a taxi service…!!!

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all packed up… my Grandmother would be telling me off, if she were still around… ‘the stitching on the back should be as neat as the front…’ this statement brings me around to the word conceptual…

I’ve been thinking about the word ‘conceptual’… the speaker on Saturday used it a lot…I took a look on Wikipedia

“Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns.”

so after considering the above… does this mean that ‘my slow cloth’ is conceptual art…? in making this woven cloth I’m not following traditional methods of working and I’m not paying much attention to how the different fabrics are normally treated…

so if my Grandmother would tell me off for the stitching on the back… I would hate to think what she would say about the front… with its raw and fraying edges (much encouraged fraying I will add)… but if I were to say ‘but it’s conceptual art’ would this stop her…? it’s certainly stop me…

dotty…

February 5, 2008

what else could you do but add dots to this fabric…?
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it’s all about the process… enjoying the making… taking time to master the stitches
while pondering the Feb. challenge I’ve continued to work on Jan. woven cloth…
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 can you tell it’s cold outside…
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 it’s a bit chill inside too…
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couldn’t even get out to do the afternoon school run… so plenty of time to sew… 🙂
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time to ponder… and contemplate… trusting to the process and enjoying the making… I’m begin to think like this in other areas of my life too… not just my ‘slow cloth story’…