Due to the fact I had enjoyed the day I decided to sign up for the next one. This time the theme was to be 'Running'. Not being the athletic type I decided to side step the all too physical and do what I do best which is textile. I've been looking at the Japanese Sashiko technique for a while and it has been on my research and development list for a while.
|Photo by Kate from Mission Control|
As a designer and maker it is often quite difficult to factor in time to research and explore new techniques and ideas to develop your work. Earlier in the year I took the time to go on a workshop day to improve my box making technique but since getting back I haven't have the chance to put into practise what I have learnt.
Having a whole day of indulgence; meeting other artists, sharing food, sharing practice ideas, exploring an idea is just wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone. I absolutely hate networking with a vengeance, I don't like the falseness and the uncomfortable feeling it gives me. Plus I don't like huge volumes of people in one place. My normal happy, chatty approach becomes one of quiet reserve and watchfulness.
The proposal I had submitted for the day was to explore the landscape through using the running stitch, "Sashiko". Using google maps I printed out an aerial view of the woods, then traced the boundaries and transferred them onto calico ready to stitch.