sewn & sewn
I was given my very own sewing machine as a thirteen year old, which says a lot about the kind of teenager I was... I've always sewn: clothes, quilts, cushions, my wedding dress.
I find hand stitching the most enjoyable part of the sewing process. Rather than the mechanical whir of the sewing machine I can listen to music (and get my groove on in my seat!). And it generally means the end is in sight, involving quick jobs like a button or two or entrapping stuffing in a cushion. It's also a quite methodical, repetitive - and, because of that, meditative - process. It's cathartic.
The transition from cloth to paper just seemed to happen. One day I was hammering away on my sewing machine and the next I was hand stitching cranes and cherry blossom on gift cards.
Then started what would become the slowest artwork I have ever made. Months and months passed, stitch by single stitch it came together.
And then it was done and I wanted to do more.
Think I've only just threaded the needle on this one...