If this Blog Hop works then you might be new to this blog (and if you've been here before it might be worth introducing myself).
I'm Hilary and I am in the UK (we are still United - how much was the rest of the World aware of the very recent historic vote in Scotland? They had the opportunity go 'go it alone' after 300 years Union of Parliaments. In was an opportunity that, on this occasion, the majority chose to turn down, so we are still the United Kingdom).
My little bit of this island on the edge of the continental shelf is complicated. Technically I live in Gosport, a small town on the south coast right next to Portsmouth. But I work in Milton Keynes about 60 miles north of London. And I spend most of my time here in MK (the company I work for rents a house here). It is where I keep my art materials, so I guess it is more 'home' than Gosport.
And what are my art materials? Well, my sewing machine, but also my paints (acrylics mostly but I have just started dabbling with watercolour) my glues and mediums, my inks and dyes, my stencils and thermofax screens, my fabrics and my papers (lots of tissue paper!) my pens and pencils........
So what am I? What is my 'genre'? I guess, if pushed, I would describe myself as a Machine Embroider, but more of that later.
But before we go any further I need to credit Sheila, 'The Idaho Beauty' who got me involved in this Blog Hop. I love Sheila's blog - she writes really well - and I love her 'mission' - "I appear to have a calling to create art, but I flounder in my quest".
(And this is why I love the internet and blogging. Without this wonderful 'tool' how on earth would Sheila and I have ever met!?!)
So, back to the blog hop. Basically, I was asked to address these questions.
Really, the answer to this should be what have I just finished?1. What am I working on?
Because I have actually just finished three things - two have been hanging around for ages but the third I started a couple of months ago.
Lets start with the 'two'.
First up, another of the 'Garden' series. This one in blue. These were worked on velvet which was bleached, printed, polyester organza was laid over the printed panel and then the whole piece was embroidered. And then using a heat gun, some of the organza is burnt away revealing some of the velvet underneath.
This fantastic technique came from a class 'Exploring Velvet' with the amazing Angie Hughes at the Bramble Patch.
I should apologise for the photo. The glare at the top is from the glass, and the frame is white, although it looks pink here (why?). The colour of the actual piece is pretty accurate though.
The second one is a piece that came from a prompt 'Memories in Black and White'. I blogged about it here and here (I am ashamed to say that it took two years to finish this! And its not big!)
And finally, 'Seizing the Day' is finished. I blogged about it here.
This is a great example of how I can end up wandering around the craft world! I got completely sidetracked into the world of beading and made a whole batch of paper beads to use.
I guess, if you start from the point that I embroider, then the two key things that make my work different are that I mostly use the sewing machine, and I use an awful lot of paper! The "Memories in Black and White" piece is a prime example - tissue paper adhered to calico with PVA glue, coloured with ink powders, incorporating mono printing and then stitch.2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Many of the pieces I create are technically 'quilts', in that they have quilt sandwiches - but these sandwiches are not usually very conventional. The 'quilt' for the Contemporary Quilt Gallery at FOQ 2014 was tissue paper (coloured with acrylic paint, printed and appliqued) sandwiched with acrylic felt.
As was my Horizon quilt at the 2013 FOQ Contemporary Quilt Gallery.
Why do I create?3. Why do I create what I do?
And why do I blog?
This is an easy question - I have come to art late ( really only in the last 10 years of so) but having arrived, like Sheila, I seem to have a 'calling'. It can sometimes feel that there is masses of work bursting to get out.
And I blog to keep me on track. Blogging 'tricks me' into thinking that people are expecting something from me. And it works, If I go for two long without writing a blog, I feel guilty. I feel as though I am letting people down. And I am then spurned on to write a blog, and to make the art to write about in the first place.
This is a tricky question!4. How does my creating process work?
An idea can sometimes be taking shape in my mind for ages. Sometimes I do a lot of background work in a sketch book; sometimes my preparation is much more limited perhaps with only 1 sketched idea. Sometimes the work itself is the experiment. The 'Seize the Day' book is an example of that. I just 'went for it'. (That was a great journey - and I am not sure if it is finished.)
So that is me. I hope you found this interesting.
If you want to know more about how I created my backgrounds, let me know and I will try to put together a demo video or some such.
And now I must pass you on.
First of all to Iz, Threadnoodle to her friends. She always makes me smile and she is a demon textile artist to boot (plus she is on a mission to find the perfect flap jack recipe - what's not to love?)
And to Felicity of Textile Seahorse.
And finally , please also stop by Slightly Triangle. Chloe could not join in the blog hop, but she is worth a look.