Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Drawing for Textiles

It's a long time since I worked way into the early hours with no thought for the time. I'm usually in my pit by the time it's double figures. I'm on day three of Dionne Swift's drawing for textiles workshop and last night I was so excited I could have danced/worked all night. It would be wrong to share technique but I shall post some drawings during the rest of the week. 
I note that my work is still very ornamental compared to the others on the course and that it is in art terms quite self indulgent. I have thought about this a lot and come to the conclusion that the area I work in is based on the decorative image so why shouldn't I tailor my course work to reflect that notion. I'm sure that Dionne's aims are not for us to turn out clones of her work, I love and admire her art but that is not the area I am interested in producing for myself. This is by no means a rant, more a way of me bringing some thoughts together. I know what I need to do to improve my work to meet my own vision.
 I can't wait to get to today's challenges, once again this workshop has me fired up and raring to go!  


  1. Ah black and white ... and Dionne Swift ... for me, two things to feel envious of! I so wanted to do the Drawing for Textiles course but with a weekend looking after a grandchild and then a holiday I just knew I didn't have time in June to do it justice .... perhaps in the autumn - fingers crossed!
    I love this - no need to feel guilty about being decorative or, indeed, self-indulgent - what is all this stuff about if it's not about expressing ourselves and enjoying what we do?
    I can't wait to see your other drawings ....

  2. OOOOOh, delightful. You are going to have such fun working with your drawings. Can't wait to see what you make of it all. Dionne's classes are all fabulous, but this one truly was my favourite!!!

  3. Ooooh! That sounds so exciting, I can't wait for my turn! I wish I was doing it this week with you. Your drawing looks very intriguing and I can only guess at the techniques used. Dionne is so inspirational, I'm not at all surprised that you couldn't stop once you'd started. More please.... :-)

  4. So glad that you are finding a way to express your own style through the methods that Dionne is suggesting. Look forward to seeing more, and I really must get started!

  5. oooh, it sounds very exciting, thinking about booking in October.good to see you all on sunday..

  6. Sound as though you are really enjoying this. Very exciting!