Wednesday, October 22

Monsoon Moodiness

Its been raining. Its the monsoon. Days are grey and moody.Everything is wet and soggy perfect for mould to proliferate. Its getting cooler and its dark by 6.30 in the evening. Perfect weather to sip tea and eat all manner of comfort food. Watch movies, everthing is slowing down most of all the economy. I still have a couple of million little stitches to embroider and my list of to do things, to contemplate and complete.
The visual is from the Little Red Book a visual representation of the monsoon .See more visuals of this project here.

Monday, October 20

Stardust

I've been working on another narrow patchwork scarf. this one has some patches of tussar silk embroidered at random with fly stitch.

Will show you the finished scarf in a couple of days.I'm using the paper foundation method of patchwork. I have only worked with squares and rectangles, must try other shapes.

Monday, October 13

7 Little known Facts

Monika of Red2White who creates the most beautiful felt fashion accessories has tagged me for this meme. The rules are:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok now for the seven random or weird facts about myself .

1. I'm left handed. ( how cool is that - I've been told by many people)

2. I'm allergic to ice.( weird or what)

3. I don't have just one sweet tooth but 32.

4.I have a white(platinum?) streak in my hair - its natural and most people don't believe its natural.I make bets with myself when I meet someone for the first time that they will find a way to ask me straight after they compliment me on how striking it is and then look in disbelief when I say its natural.

5. I'm thinking of starting an Etsy shop ( have I said that a hundred times already?)

6.I hate being hot and sweaty

7.I love simple things designed and made beautifully with the greatest attention to detail.Kitsch things and those which are over the top are equally interesting to me.( Let's just say my taste is eclectic , I'm clarifying for all of you who think I'm fickle and undecided)

At the end of this exercise one of two things can happen - my little tribe of four who follow my blog will increase by leaps and bounds or there will be no one who can handle this degree of weirdness.

Now to tag 7 people and let them know.

Paddy's Daughter , Art Propelled , The Plum Tree , Arth and Nitya , Serendipity , ArtnLight and Greetings from the Shady Grove

Friday, October 10

TAST - Knotted Cretan

Long overdue but done at last. Knotted Cretan Stitch.
This month is choc-a-block with festivals, this week was Dassehra, a long weekend and many people out of the city.Its going to be a quiet weekend.
Thank-you for visiting and following this blog, I appreciate it.

Monday, October 6

Overgrown


I've been slaving over this sheer cotton silk scarf for the past two or is it three weeks, trying to populate it with random lines of cretan stitch to produce an overgrown effect. Its getting there.

The square patches are tussar silk appliqued onto the cotton silk with running stitch.

Wednesday, October 1

"Mantles of Myth-Narratives in Indian Textiles"

A three day conference to unravel and explain the stories which a number of Indian textiles tell.
"Siyahi's Translating Bharat comes forward with yet another endeavor to understand, explore and discover Indian literature. We are focusing on the origins of myths and stories that laid the founding stones of its history. These myths and stories have been transformed into oral traditions, bards, songs, rituals, creative works, performing arts and textiles.
Indian textile style has evolved with the development of civilization and its significance is hallowed by traditions. According to the Rig Veda and the Upanishads, the universe is a continuous fabric with a grid pattern upon which cycles of life are painted. In the Atharva Veda, day and night are said to spread light and darkness over the earth as weavers throw a shuttle on the loom.
Textiles with narratives are seen across the country and their range varies from painted and printed textiles to woven and embroidered pieces. These textiles tell us multiple stories and represent myths sacred to indigenous communities across the country. Many have religious and ritual value in the cultures they come from whereas others are folk and tribal textiles that carry narratives of their origins and legends of their ancestors and gods.These textiles remind us of the riches of material culture in traditional communities and the wealth of accumulated knowledge which is generally ignored. They augment the existing rich verbal and oral literary traditions that record and map cultures. Understanding and translating these is a key element of the Translating Bharat Project. An understanding of the real India is possible only by fathoming its multiple histories in myriad tongues and forms.
Mantles of Myth will be a three day conference wherein textile experts, writers, poets, musicians, performers, narrators, will bring together the diverse riches and variegated forms of story telling.
This conference will provide a forum for discussions, debate and interaction to focus on how essential and integral it is for us to protect and preserve our folk lore, literary traditions and the colors and threads of our culture."
From 13th - 15th December in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Read more about this three day event here.

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