Monday, 11 August 2014

Tweeeeeee....?

 I'll be honest..all those non-textile activities have been a kind of therapy for me, since I wasn't accepted to two events I really wanted to do.
 It made me question my 'status' am I a dabbler, and artist, a maker?

Please don't answer that , I just need to get it off my chest.

The weirdest thing happened last week over on Facebook. I posted a picture of a piece I made in 2007 to show an example of what can be done with teabag paper which I'm selling in my etsy shop. It went berserk. I got loads of new likers, 34 shares and lots of comments. Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree and should go back to that!

Anyway I have things to do and I just sat down and 'did it' yesterday (after a break when I made curtains and cushion covers) and I was quite delighted with the pieces I did. They are a bit different to my usual.
Whether they will be brooches or what I don't know.

I'm just exploring the technique at the moment.












So there we are.

27 comments:

Birdie said...

Well I started following you because of what you do now!

Seriously though, I suffer from the same kind of doubts at times. It's normal from what I understand. Not casting any aspersions on your work at all, but tea bags are a bit of a craze at the moment - lots of people use them now, because they have seen others doing it. Things spread on the web. It doesn't mean they are good, just that they get the popular vote. But so do cute pictures of kittens and puppies ;)

Your work is unique, beautiful, striking and texturally complex. I love it!

Magic Bean said...

I love them. But then again, I love all your stuff.
Ax

Lyn said...

Wow the red and blue one really stands out! Love them. X

ferinn said...

Your work is unique,and I love it ! Trying to do something that you have to force just doesn't work, you keep innovating what you do ,today's work shows that.

Magical Stitchery Tour said...

Oooo yes, I'm liking these! xx

Estella Star of the East said...

Your work is gorgeous, they don't know what they are missing at those events.
Please keep doing what you do so well.

Rachel said...

Lovely colours and textures there.

As for the rest - just remember Polonius' advice "To thine own self be true".

Su said...

I think we all suffer from those kind of thoughts at times, all you can do is continue creating what you want to do. All those pictures are lovely - don't doubt, just keep on going!

Terri said...

Yummy! What more can we say?
Sorry that some judges are ignorant.
Hugs

rosiepink said...

You are an artist and self-doubt is common amongst artistic folk!

Your new pieces are lovely, and every time they delight with their freshness.

Maggi said...

Sorry to hear you didn't get accepted - it happens. Love the colours and variation in shape that you are working on. The tea bag piece is gorgeous too.

dosierosie said...

I Love the mixture of blue and greens that you use. whenever I wear my brooch it is admired by everyone.
Gillx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I was scrolling down through the pictures and being so impressed, as always, with your talent and then (THEN!!!) I saw the gorgeous blue you used. Ooooh.

Jeanette, Mistress of Longears said...

Yay! Yet another way to follow your work...Facebook! I am embarrassingly inactive on Facebook, but I keep vowing to get with the program there! Ashamed to admit the teabag paper I got from you languishes in a drawer but your post has inspired me to bring it out soon!

Gina said...

Love them Jackie aka artist! I really struggle to get new likes on Facebook... Just a slow trickle, so would love to know your secret. Although having had a response to my email newsletter this morning that accused me of rambling and being boring I'm considering packing it all in and becoming just a dabbler!

Heather said...

You are definitely an artist and I love everything you do - it is unique. The new shapes are lovely - I'm especially fond of leaf shapes. Keep doing what you love doing, and do so well.

Georgia said...

ooh I love these new ones. I think anyone who puts themselves out there creatively goes through that slump. Sometimes I think we need a break from what we do. I've been so down hearted sometimes I put everything away, and then when I find it again, it brings me great joy to see (or sometimes not) and I gain more confidence in myself again.
I hate it when I do shows and the cheap and easy things that don't show my artistic merit sell, but not the things that I'm really proud of. I still haven't worked that one out...

Anna said...

Lovely pieces, your designs and colours are gorgeous.Have faith in your ability as an artist!!

Els said...

Love your new pieces Jackie !!!
The way you let part of the velvet "disappear" is great !
Have a good weekend (and keep on creating)

Gill Reid said...

Oh wow, Jackie, these are fabulous! Don't you dare think about giving up the felting!Clearly you must have been too good for the other exhibitions - they must have been scared you would show everyone else up!

sharon young said...

Doubts about our work are very normal, anything remotely artistic is very subjective.
I think you did exactly the right thing having a break and doing something completely different, I've done the same for a few months.
Your new pieces are beautiful, I love the bold colours and textures and I too followed your blog in the first place because I love your work.

FeltersJourney said...

I love your work! It's unique, quirky and so distinctively yours.

The events that you didn't get in to.. not including your work is THEIR loss! Please don't let them bring you down.
xx

Elizabeth said...

Your work is always beyond stunning!! Don't doubt yourself!! your color sense and techniques are such amazing inspiration for so many!! Now I must see your tea bag piece!! i just finished a "quilt" if you want to call it that on a back ground of used bags. I should get back to my blog and write a post about it!! hugs to you !!!

Elizabeth said...

Just had a thought while looking back at your gorgeous gems of color!! I think that a collar with several pieces linked together at the front and thinner pieces going around the neck attached to each other with some lovely beads would be drop dead gorgeous!! Have you ever experimented with that idea??? Would love to put several of your pieces together in that way!!!!

Chris H said...

You are AN ARTIST! Pffft to those who turned you down.
I love your work.
LOVE IT.

Jaslynn Joan said...

This is so beautiful I like the colors and your craftsmanship...
Jaslynn from Bizbilla.com

Annie Cholewa (aka knitsofacto) said...

Tasty new technique.

I'm searching for direction myself so I empathise with your questioning, but one think I do know, you are an extraordinary maker, and one who works with the sensibility of an artist.

Tea bag paper always seems to be popular ... there are so many tea bag paper projects pinned on Etsy.



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