I'm embracing a neat new book reading classification for the blog at the moment based on some inspirational little postcards I found on my trip to Cowslip Workshops a while back.
Just sometimes, very occasionally, you find something new in the world of textiles that speaks to you and I spent an age perusing a book by picture-maker Janet Bolton. who has exhibited widely and will also be at The Country Living Spring Fair in London this week
At first glance these pictures seem a bit naive, slapdash, even a bit, well basic. Except look closely and see just how clever they are in their seeming simplicity. So often for us first-generation rotary cutters patchwork has become a precise, measured, symmetrical and very formal art. One millimetre out and we've thrown the whole project into disarray and we despair. When corners don't quite meet and triangles refuse to align we flip and fret over our mistakes.
Well actually I don't because perfectionism is not a word that sits comfortably with my craft efforts.
But there seems to be something incredibly freeing about Janet's pictures and I have fallen in love with them, nor do I think I could easily re-create them. Janet does workshops over at Cowslip and I shall get there one day because I should imagine they are huge fun.
Having splashed out on lunch and fabric I decided the book was pushing it so I settled for a set of picture postcards of Janet's work. Once I got home and started looking more closely however I realised that several pictures related directly to how I read a book or how a book affects me and no doubt the book will be mine next visit. I love to make connections between two intrinsic sides of what is basically 'me' like this and I'm not even going to tell you the answers because I think, now I've set the scene, you will spot the reading connections to these pictures with ease.
More on today's reading later which I think is likely to be ...well we'll see.
I'm also very grateful to Janet who has given permission for me to use her pictures here and stitch some whacky off-the-wall dgr thinking to them in the process.