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The Hand Embroidery of Textile Artist Gilda Baron

Gilda Baron has a unique style of textile art, which bursts out of the frame with life and vitality.  The techniques she uses include fabric dyeing, batik, hand and machine embroidery, hand made felt and applied pieces.  It is wonderful the effects she creates. I found her work through a Talking Threads YouTube workshop .  More of her work can be found on her website – www.gildabaron.com

 

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Country Garden   64 x53cm
Country Garden 64 x53cm

 

 

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Be Yourself

Simple post for today.  Be yourself and enjoy your life.  I have spent the day sorting paperwork for for my father to try to ensure a smooth and quick transfer from his current apartment into residential age care as he is now not able to be alone. Watching him deteriorate has made me realise that you really do need to seize the day! It has also made me very aware of how long Centrelink forms are and how complex.  If he was alone there is no way he could have jumped the bureaucratic hoops and put all the information together. A good reason to have children!! 🙂

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Knitting Meditation

Enjoying knitting meditation on this grey Canberra day.  I am finding it such a great way to relax whilst sitting with dad who now sleeps most of the time. The fingerless gloves are for my daughter who found this lovely cabled pattern )although I am adding ribbing both ends). If you would like the pattern visit http://cholak.net/delia/IrishHikingWW.pdf .

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Find your inner artist

Great quote, so many of us loose touch with our inner child as we age.   As children we love making some type of art – painting, singing, writing, dancing, playing music or making things. But for many of us  busy lives take over, people tell us we are or aren’t good enough and other activities take over our spare time.

Through our school years we hear that our picture of a our friends don’t look like them. You start to notice people get excited about your friends singing but not about yours. Creating got stressful, nerve wracking and created the fear of not being good enough.

So here’s what we must do if we want the joy of making art back. We must reclaim our artistic loves –

  • because creating is rewarding, fun and calming, all at the same time.
  • because it’s spiritual, healing, transformative
  • because it will help your physical health by reducing the effects of  stress
  • because it will make you a kinder, more generous person to be around.

And if there are kids in your life – let them see an adult, happily creating for the joy of it.

 

 

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Beautiful textile work by Bozena Wojtaszek

I have just come across the lovely work of Polish textile artist Bozena Wojtaszek.  Bozena lives in Poland and creates gorgeous art quilts. I love the way she starts with scraps of material to create such beautiful work.  She says her quilts are a contemporary way to involve art in everyday life, to let it into our houses, on the tables. Her creations are mostly inspired by the charm of small things and are made to give the same feeling of beauty. I really like the way she uses a mixture of hand and machine sewing in her works.

Her blog is called Textile Cuisine where you can go and see more of her work and she also has an Etsy shop

You can see her at work on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLYCttICZ-I.bozena_wojtaszek_little_garden_on_beige7