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Friday, 6 July 2012

She was a sewing machine...


I have actually stuck to my word and haven't left another five week gap between posts!I really wanted to show you this latest piece in a separate post as I'm quite pleased with how she turned out and she took a long time to complete.As much as tales of the past make my soul sing,imagined tales of the future captivate me equally.I've always had quite a soft spot for science fiction and the idea of androids in particular.So an image of a pretty stitched robot lady flitted around my mind for a fair time before I thought I'd see if make it work as a textile piece.



Her gold hair was a real labour of love and took around twelve hours to complete.Her dress is made from a vintage tablecloth that I dyed and some vintage lace doilies and buttons adorn the piece too.I also used paint and coloured pencils and the piece is completely hand stitched which is apt as the title is 'She was a sewing machine..'


I hope that people can see many different possible ideas in the piece as that was my intention.So I would like to leave it up to you to draw what you want from the piece but one thing I would add is that I have been pondering more and more over the perceived 'value' of traditional craft skills such as embroidery in our present time.I know a lot of my lovely blog readers (like myself)have a fondness for all things old and cherished because their flaws tell tales and they also carry remnants of past attitudes.My family have always fondly teased me for my 'granny like' tendencies and I have always taken it as a great compliment because I always felt out of sync in my generation(I was a child of the eighties)As I grew up I did meet other vintage lovers(my husband included)and obviously through the internet have discovered there are a lot of us!


I feel saddened that so many traditional crafts have been undervalued and lost throughout my lifetime but have real hope that in the future it will all come full circle and technology ironically will be the saviour of handmade.I feel like now is quite an exciting time to be an independent maker as we are using technology to allow us practice the traditions of the past instead of allowing progress to replace our past.Imagine if Etsy existed in the eighties..I'm not sure I can.

I'd love to hear your opinions or just to hear how you all are? 
xxxx

13 comments:

Hoola Tallulah said...

This is absolutely stunning! I love her hair, just, WOW.
Have to agree with sadness about crafts dying out, but honestly, there is a HUGE resurgence in crafts. The craft industry is the fastest growing in the UK (true!), and really, it was only 2 decades that women stopped making so much (80's/90's), there seems to be a real shift in peoples perception of crafting though now, not enough... but getting there. Hear hear for granny chic!

lilipopo said...

Oh she is beautiful and she does remind me of 'do androids dream of electric sheep?' a book I was forced to read for a course and ended up really enjoying. You've captured her androidyness (??) perfectly. I have to admit to avoiding my sewing machine until absolutely necessary I love hand made because the time it takes to make something by hand means there's always a little bit of someone's life interwoven into the piece xx

Jennifer Rodriguez said...

I'm fairly new to embroidery, though I have fallen hard. Words can't express how much I love this work of art. It is simply perfect..

Ruth Byrne said...

Really gorgeous work! Labor of love is the right phrase for anything that delicately detailed.

Beth said...

Absolutely beautiful!

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Siân Pitchford said...

Just lovely work the face, hair and finishing touches are beautiful. Thanks for sharing Siân :0)

Eli said...

Absolutely beautiful!I really like it!You have a creative and unique ideas.Thanks for sharing this!

Ginny Hendricks said...

I've just discovered your blog and the poetry and beauty of your embroidered faces has set me buzzing with inspiration. Thank you !

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Jane@flightplatformliving said...

excited to find you via rachel grant art page on facebook! Im loving your stuff! I too am a professional artist in the UK, I had a joint exhibition with Rachel a couple of years ago. now following and keen to keep up on your story xxxx