RUTH’S BLOG

This is the part of my site where I share my current work in progress as a series of posts and visuals.  For me I love to see the journey an artist takes to arrive at finished works.  Here you can share in my journey of connecting the threads, telling my story whether its about exploring concepts, learning new techniques, creating visual research, experimental and more resolved sampling, critical analysis of where to next.

 

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Stitched marks and digital sketch books.

Boundaries, pathways, grids in my imaginery landscapes.  Developed from street maps.  Stitching onto interfacing and other non wovens.   Checking the stitching sequences.  Visually needs fine tuning, in particular the weight of the stitching is too uniform and mechanical in appearance.

Digital Sketch books.  Looking at samples through the lense of a camera is a great way to review work, isolating the images in question for a dispassionate assessment of the work thus far.  My camera is an invaluable tool in the development process.

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Layers, print and stitch

Experimental samples learning how far I can push my Bernina…not counting the broken needles!  Stitching through layers of block printed scrim on the one hand and finding ways of stabalising the new generation of  lightweight fibres such as Lutrador or adding patches of hand made silk papers or fibrous surfaces originally intended for papermaking!  galaxy-templategalaxy-2galaxy-4galaxy-3galaxy-1galaxy-5

Connecting Threads 2017

My first blog post for a while.  I have been busy sampling and refining techniques in print and stitch: in particular re-learning  the Bernina embroidery software and the workings of my digital sewing machine now that it is finally up and running again.

Last year I made three small pieces of work almost as an after thought for the Imagined Landscapes exhibition.  It was here that all the elements of my work seemed to work one with each other…layers of hand made silk papers,  hand printed from laser etched wood blocks enhanced with handstitching…stitch as drawing.  Here the concept of hand made digitally-digitally handmade began to make sense…something I had been working on for a while.

The small samples shown here challenged not only me but the machine, in particular how to stitch through layers of hand made surfaces without creating havoc with the fine tuning of a digital sewing computer.  Something my older, work horse non digital  bernina wouldnt have batted an eyelid at.

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