Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
- Wire sculptures of windblown Hawthorns and figures mounted on found objects by Glenn Gibson (http://www.glengibson.net/)
- Beautifully soft hand-knitted shawls and scarves by Agnieszka Rupnik (www.2knitornot2knit.blogspot.com)
- Delicately embossed ceramics by Louise Browne (http://www.livinggingerdesigns.com/)
- Lovely bear illustrations by Morgan O'Brien (http://www.morganobrienart.com/) whose work I remember from the programme for the Baboro Children's Art Festival in the past.
And there were lots of other goodies like home made cakes, jewellery, painting, pottery, etc. This was the first time this fair was held and it has the potential to grow if more people knew about it! It would be a wonderful place to get unique, handcrafted gifts from local craftspeople so hopefully it will happen again next year and the crowds will come!
In the meantime I prepare for my next fair at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Saturday 19th December.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
- identify themes that are important to you.
- work out the design elements before you start to make something.
- record your journey through the process of making something.
- 'park' other ideas that come into your head which might distract you. You then have another source of inspiration in the notebook to explore at a later time.
These photos are from my journal which started with a photograph of 'Chinese Lanterns' from 'Country Living' magazine. Using drawings, notes, photographs, stitched samples, the journal records my steps through the process of designing wall-hangings, bowls, and silk evening shawls from this one source of inspiration. I still dip into this journal for design ideas and it has also proved useful as a teaching aid at classes in creative textiles or journalling!
From the ideas I have seen the Leitrim women express in their journals I know they will have plenty to explore in the next phase of the course making 'identity boxes' with Erika Marks and then drawing and painting with Laura Gallagher. I hope the journals provide a gentle introduction to creative expression and take away some of the fear of trying something new. Good luck ladies! I look forward to seeing you all in February when we will explore ideas in textiles!