Feeling tired and uninspired? Me too! I don’t feel like creating. Uninspiration surrounds me. I’m longing to return to my bed… to surrender to sleep… But an idea strikes me! Can bedsheets provide the key? I wonder if anyone has actually created art out of sheets? Sheet music lead me on a wild goose chase..! But, then I find… Honestly? That there isn’t much in cyberspace. (sigh!) Trolling the internet I find this… Pretty, but on closer inspection I see they are towels. And it’s not ART that WOWS me. A twist on napkin folding. Other than using sheets as canvas, sheets aren’t used much as a medium. Why so little, when drawing an unmade bed is a staple topic in Art schools? The folds of white fabric sheets challenge the artist to observe subtle gradation and tonal variation. The most significant sheet art I can find? Is… Tracy Emin’s famous bypassing of the drawing stage by presenting her bed as a finished work. I’ll leave you to conjecture on it’s merits… So, help me out here? Do you have any examples of impressive art inspired by sheets? Or, maybe you’d like to create some!
Great art isn’t something I associate with sewing. But is it possible to produce great art with a sewing machine? I acknowledge that artistic creations are possible. Using a sewing machine for art is an open book. Attending the monthly BAFA meeting this evening. I was gobsmacked by the range and quality of the work. Entitled “Drawing with a Sewing Machine” Briony Askew demonstrating a sewing machine’s potential in the hands of the skilled practitioner. And her life drawing studies using a sewn line…. Creating directly in the life drawing class, from the model with no initial sketching. No pictures, sadly, too interested!!! As with many forms of art, photographs don’t do justice, especially to the quilted effects of life “drawing” for example. She uses fabric dye on velvet to get the initial design. Then the sewing machine creates the details. (Photos from the session are here) During a hands on practical. We were playing with a sewing machine. With another textile artist Michelle Stanswood demonstrating painting and printing techniques. Examples of her work can be seen on the left. I’m not sure about our efforts…. But great art can be made with a sewing machine? Well, I’m a convert. […]