As participant at Fibre Arts Australia in Ballarat I had the privilege of working with textile artist and teacher Sue Ferrari from Warnambool Victoria. Exploring creative and novel ways of working with straight stitching techniques this was an amazing week and I came away inspired and with a refreshed appreciation of hand sewing.
My ‘New Years Eve’ promise to myself, was to try to focus on a minimalist approach in some of my work in 2018. To “make a statement with minimal stitch”, to know when enough is enough and when to STOP! Ive had a tendency to overwork my pieces, often in conflict with the desire to start practicing simplicity and achieving an uncluttered feel in my work. Similar to the learning curve I took to allow raw edges and random loose threads into my otherwise neat and tidy approach, going from complex to simple is easier said than done. However Im slowly getting the hang of it and liking the feel. Working with Sue was a great experience and with her guidance, I managed to produce some samples that allowed me to experience a conclusion…… a definite finish time that I felt satisfied and was happy with.