Today I published the 500th post on my blog. I started back in 2007 with the intention of this being a sewing blog, but it morphed into something else. I was going to call it "Cotton Couture." Then I decided better to give it a broader name like "Cotton Picker" because I thought just in case I branch out into other things, the "Couture" part of the name wouldn't fit. I knew textiles would still be the focus in one way or another.
The sewing used to part of my life in my late teens and twenties. I sewed my whole wardrobe back in those days. I couldn't quite get the sewing vibe back in later years. I made a few things but that passion was lost. If I am going to do anything along those lines now, it will be refashioning thrift store finds. I have seen that type of clothing in boutiques. There are certainly a lot of possibilities for creating one of a kind, beautiful outfits.
Interesting to take a peek back at earlier posts to see what I was doing. I can't say I like a lot of the stuff and some of it is downright embarrassing. I will not delete anything because it documents the creative journey and it's there if I want to look back. I don't often look back though.
I still intend to keep my hand in textiles. I love to pick up needle and thread and hand stitch. Especially with music in the background. That is really the only way I "hear" music. I have to be doing something solitary and focused like stitching so the music can saturate my soul.
Speaking of music, I bought myself a piano last summer and have been taking lessons. I am surprised at how much I remember from studying piano as a child.
Lately, it's paper collage. I am learning so much about colour, shape, texture and placement and the goal is to paint larger canvases based on my paper "sketches". I would simply not have seen the possibilities before playing with paper.
Below is another little paper collage I did last night. Maybe she will the subject of one of my paintings. :)