Friday, October 12, 2012

Function and Form

Below is a photo of the three cushions I made using re-cycled tapa, and shaped woven panels. Obvious inspiration for them came from traditional Papuan ceremonial masks. I have been unable to get much work done for several weeks now, which is so frustrating. However I am able to use my 3 end fingers, so have managed to spin clumsily in the mean while. Will attempt silk later today. 

3 Cushions
Constructed from a variety of materials and techniques.
Hand and machine stitching, hand-spun dog hair,
wool and silk. Hair-wrap technique.

Simplification through circumstance shall be my next learning curve I think. Remaining positive is helped by using this down time to re-assess where I want to go with my fibre/tapestry. Lots of ideas and combinations swirling around at the moment so when this cast is off in 3-4 weeks time I will be working with my physiotherapy person towards a practical solution for using my own actual art practice as therapy.  Really looking forward to a summer of serious play and high productivity. 

Polworth fleece and limb of limitations


  1. I've never had a broken bone (well, the thumb once through a serious accident) and had to wear a cast. That looks miserable! Love that you are figuring out how to work with it, though. I hope you have a fabulous summer!

  2. Oh, you poor thing - hope it heals quickly! But those cushions are *seriously* awesome ;)

  3. Whoo Hoo! Good for you getting a breakfast out of this, my pleasure.


Tapestry Weavings By Stephenie Collin


I hope you find Warped Art & Design both interesting and inspiring, and that it will encourage anyone working with fibre to investigate and experiment further within their chosen field.

The basic loom, which is my tool of trade, has remained technologically unchanged. This aspect appeals to me as I weave contemporary images on a machine of such simple and ancient construction.

And if the loom be silenced,
then needles, threads and fingers
have plenty more to say.

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