Brain Games, Research, Sampling and Dogged Determination…… Guest Blogger – Margaret Joseph
Autumn Exhibition – Blog #9 – Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch – Asters – last in series
Coming to the Barn House for courses is always a pleasure. The Skagit Valley is so beautiful and changes every day. The friendship of the students and the open gift of support and sharing are so enjoyable, but this course has definitely taken me in new directions and stretched me. I’ve enjoyed exploring new hand stitches, accepting that distorting them is fun and very creative. The historical studies always open new doors for the bank of textile knowledge. Gail is patient and encouraging. This time Penny has been on hand each session to extend the guidance and add suggestions.
The thought of creating a 3D item has always intrigued me but it has been a long hard learning curve to create one for this course. I dredged up many schemes to make a jelly. I’ve learned so much about internal structure, piecing parts to make a whole, finding new materials that express the integrity of the subject etc, etc. The brain games, the research, the sampling, the redoing, and the need for patience and dogged determination have all been part of my life over the last months.