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Drawing For Textiles Course

The past week has been very enjoyable and rewarding; I have spent most of my days lost in experimenting with drawing techniques. I’m taking another online course with Dionne Swift, this time it’s Drawing for Textiles.
P1490086I can’t divulge the techniques involved but I can say they took me out of my comfort zone both in technique and scale, my largest drawing so far is 2 metres square.

P1490080I find I like certain areas of my drawings, (shown in these images). I’ve been observing  through a small aperture made from my “L’s” that I use for watercolours. (I’m not sure if we will be doing this on the course, it’s just something I like to do). I have a head full of ideas of how I can interpret these drawings in my work.
P1490078What I find interesting is that each ‘inspiration’ speaks to me in it’s own choice of medium, it might be glass, ceramics, enamel or textiles. Which leads me on to a quote I’ve just read in a book by Pema Chodron……..

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few”.

Maybe this is why I have to keep pushing my creativity by learning new techniques, I love all the possibilities that arise from being a beginner.
P1490075I’m looking forward to the second part of the course starting on Monday, when I get to learn about stitching but now I need to catch up on some ceramic work.

Enjoy your weekend!


Kick starting creativity with a workshop

I have spent the last 2 weeks getting my creative juices flowing by doing a workshop with Dionne Swift

I chose to do Dionne’s online course Developing Sketchbooks. This is a very well structured course for developing creative ideas using a range of techniques given to you each day via email and video links. There’s also a facebook group to chat and share work with your classmates.

I hope to take another online course with Dionne soon.

Here’s some of my sketchbook pages










So my challenge now is to think about how I could translate some of my sketchbook pages into finished work, ideas for glass fusing, ceramics and textiles are forming in my mind.