Monday, July 26, 2010

technical beauty

In my hubby's workspace I often get a glimpse of what ECUs, microchips and circuit boards look like. I'm not the least bit technically minded but I'm drawn to his things just because they look so interesting. This last object I spotted is made out of copper, and I just love the way the pattern repeats itself with slight irregularity...

nature weaving

Yesterday I returned to Fairfield house (where I did the India Flint workshop last year) to celebrate "Day Out of Time", a special day in the old Mayan calendar. I took my girls along. To my delight they found some fibre that had shed from the palm trees in front of the property. The pieces are like woven by Mother Nature, beautiful, so we collected quite a few. Now I want to find a way to use it, since there's no point collecting stuff just to have it sitting stashed up in some dark corner. Any ideas?

paisley twirl

I found these beautiful hand carved hardwood printing blocks in my local Trade Aid shop. The paisley pattern makes me always think about a colourful quilt blanket my grandma had on her bed. I remember lying on it completely lost in the paisley pattern. The old fashioned twirly wallpaper added to the experience... Eventually I added my own artistic touch to the wallpaper with some colourful crayons. I don't think it was very appreciated.

Perhaps I could create something more acceptable with these blocks. I've got some textile colours that have been sitting unused in my stash since my Stockholm days. Little signature prints on clothes? Arranged as bigger patterns on a t-shirt? Greeting cards, gift wrap? Dare I put any colour on these beautiful blocks at all!

The shop has actually quite a selection of patterns. Some of the bigger square blocks full of fine details were clearly familiar from Indian saris.