Friday, 1 April 2011

Forced

Here's the book I bought in Ireland which I threatened to add two posts ago but forgot.
Its full of lovely close up  photographs. see for yourself.

I've had a go at re creating the atmosphere and colours in felt , but what spoke to me wouldn't say anything to a viewer so its not being shown here.
However I took the colours and tried more.

This is the result. A work in progress. To be embroidered

a bit like this.
But its such a struggle.
What seemed to tumble out of my head once now has to be dug for, deeply,  .....forced..much like rhubarb. 
Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb.
(Spot the hidden message)
.........


Oh and I forgot to say, the silk flower purse tutorials are selling like hot cakes. Thank you for buying.
x

35 comments:

Heather said...

I can see why you bought that book Jackie - the photos are amazing - so many lovely colours and textures, and so much inspiration. I find it incredibly difficult to recreate nature in textiles the way I 'feel' it but am compelled to keep trying. I love your felt piece and the stitched shapes. Keep digging deep and don't give up and please show us what you get.

Janet Ghio said...

Looks like a wonderful book and your felt and stitching are beautiful!

Lyn said...

What a great book, sometimes you find inspiration in unusual places, it will come back to you Jackie, don't worry.
love
Lyn
xxx

alice c said...

I hear you.

This hard bit - it's just a phase, you know.

Storycloth said...

Oh wow - this is fantastic - both the book AND your feltwork. Gilly

Iz said...

Wow, keep digging - love it! Beautiful colours.

Sandy said...

Nice book-I love books--and your work, so I'm sure it wii be wonderful.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Oooh, lovely photographs. My husband and I have been to Ireland 5 or 6 times and have seen pretty much the entire green isle. County Clare is one of our favorites.

Heather Woollove said...

Jackie--I must be a little thick...
can't find the hidden message!
I love your new felt piece, though!
XXO-

artymess said...

Jackie It will take a while to get back in the swing ....its the creative muscle it needs flexing and exercising thats all ....the felting looks FAB ...xx

hensteeth said...

It is always a pleasure to see that you have posted. Like opening a casket of jewels, truly a visual feast.

Jude said...

Like the look of the book,
you know, everything that is worth something has to be dug deeply for??
Hard, hard, I know...
That's why I'm useless!! but you!! you're wonderful!! Keep digging...or try scraping the other side??
Take care
x

Carol Q said...

I completely second Heather's post. I've got some pictures of cells I want to create and it's hard.

Twiglet said...

A perfect book for a little inspiration - but the talent is all yours and you have loads of it!! Just go with the flow - do what gives you pleasure and satisfaction - it might take you into whole new areas - who knows.

ferinn said...

Lovely to see your latest ,the book is fab,relates to my new module.Your work will come it just needs time to cogitate before surfacing.

verobirdie said...

lovely results! thanks for sharing the process.

Rachel said...

Sometimes it is worth persevering even when creating is difficult, and you've got an interesting start there, which certainly feels as though it grows from the inspiration you describe.

lilylovekin said...

Keep digging, it will be worth the work.

Menopausal musing said...

It IS still there.......... just deeper down than it used to be.

Lovely inspirational book......

Radka said...

Where ever you are digging, it is a good place:)) Don't stop! I love seeing your designs:))

Jill said...

Inspiring images, and your work looks as beautiful as ever.

veryberryhandmade said...

That felt is beautiful. Sometimes the gap between the idea and the doing is so huge...

Rosie said...

I think the trick is to keep struggling with it and not to give up. Keep in mind that something beautiful came out of your wrestling match anyway. It was LOVELY to meet you yesterday ...

Caroline said...

I'd nab that book immediately if I saw in the bookshop - quite a treat to browse though, I'll bet! I love your felting too!

Anji* said...

Amazing book, and I can't wait to see your work all finished and beautiful.. hope it comes without too much digging :)

Emma said...

Lovely pics. & such confidence shown in seeing the shapes you want in the untouched felt. Carry on doing stuff for yourself, the rest will follow.

melbatoast68 said...

Please keep digging because what you create is so incredibly beautiful. You have such an amazing eye for color and texture that your work is inspiration for the rest of us.

Linda said...

Wonderful felting and embroidery...as always Jackie.
I'm used to digging.....
xx

maggi21 said...

What a beautiful book. I feel inspired just by what you have shown us already.

Morna Crites-Moore Wicked Waif said...

Fabulous book - and I am the same - seeing the world in terms of translating it into felted wool. :-)

Kitty said...

Wow - beautiful photographs, and sumptuous felt! Your work is just so gorgeous. :) x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The book is absolutely amazing and I can certainly see tons of inspiration will come from it. And don't force your creativity Jackie - just do what feels okay at the moment. Perhaps revisit some of your old pieces and see what happens. Try playing with something for just 15 minutes (set the timer). Give yourself permission to stop at the end of 15 mins. or if you're feeling good about it, carry on for awhile longer. Don't try to force yourself.
Hugs
MA

clasheen said...

I was just amazed to read this post tonight Jackie and see that you have taken inspiration for your felting from some of the same natural surfaces as I do! It wasn't the fact that we chose the same inspiration for our starting point (I live in Ireland and what's not to inspire about the rugged west coast!) but rather the fact that I was finishing a section of the new felting book I am writing with English felter Chrissie Day and this is EXACTLY the topic I was covering today, water splashed rock and pebbles. I just LOVE the way you have chosen to stitch into and embellish the felt, wish that I could sew with even an eigth of the talent that you possess! Greetings from Ireland and keep up the great blog!!! X

Elizabeth said...

Those are lovely -- very creative! It's well worth your efforts to keep digging.

Downunderdale said...

Jackie - is that beautiful must have book available for sale anywhere do you know? I think I might die for it -



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