Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Searching for New Paths to Explore

(Local country farm path.)

I've been growing restless again. I finished making the School Photo series, (I will be showing the final ones in the next few posts) and have been hungering for something new to explore. I close my eyes to see what pops up in my imagination and my brain is filled with foggy bits of stitched and patched textile work. Try as I might I couldn't get what I was imagining into focus, and I wasn't sure what to do. I searched the internet, typing in everything I could think of to hopefully find some existing imagery of what I was only being teased with in my mind.

And then finally, yesterday, I found it:


Japanese Boro.
(Patched and mended folk textiles of Japan).

Maybe I should have already known about it, but I am self taught in the school of textiles and still have much to learn.
(Thank goodness, as that keeps it fun!)


These images came from Sri Threads an amazing resource of antique Japanese folk textiles located in Brooklyn, New York. (I must go!)

Finding these images made the fog lift from my head. I think they are beautiful.


I am struck by similarities between the Japanese Boro textiles and the quilts of Gee's Bend.


I am not sure what will come of it, or how long the excitement will last, (I know I can be rather fickle) but for now, (and what else is there?) I know I want to go play and explore this new/old path a bit... who knows where it will lead?

18 comments:

Allie said...

I think they're lovely too!!! I'm also self-taught, and this is what I love about blogs - I learn SO much. You're right, they do have a Gee's Bend quality to them.

Jackie said...

Amazing! When I have a bit of time I am planning a bit of 'Primitive patching'...but I never do seem to get the time!
Keep going for a bit longer the school photo series. They are great.

Hey Harriet said...

Have fun playing! I like this direction (but then I love everything you do!) so I'm keen to see what transpires. You should take a trip to New York to that fabric store. I'm sure seeing all of those textiles will inspire you even more. I'm not sure how far you are from NY but I think the trip is a great idea. Go jump on a bus now! Now! Well, not before you share the rest of your School Photo series. I wanna see those first! :D

Holistically Heather said...

I cant wait to see where you go with your new found love!!!

Hens Teeth said...

Goodness, that is inspiring to see. Happy sewing!

Cicada Studio said...

I look forward to following you on your journey as I know you will interpret this idea (as with all your ideas) with clarity, passion and skill that will make me swoon.

Penny Gold said...

Jude Hill also blogged about Japanese boro not long ago. I can't find the specific post, but if you don't know her blog, I think you would like it: http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/spirit_cloth/

connie said...

I was also thinking of Jude Hill's blog as I was reading your post. You have to check out her blog. I just love the photos you posted. Now I can hardly wait to see where you take it. Have a great new adventure!

Victoria said...

Thanks Penny and Connie! I am familiar with her blog, and her wonderful work. I haven't visited her blog in some time, (to many blogs, too little time!) I will go check it out now!

shellysquilts said...

V, I absolutely agree with everything you said (as usual). I just luv the primitive patchwork. There is a beauty and a naivete about it.

picciolo said...

what interesting pieces, I can see why you like them!
: )

Colleen MacDonald said...

Oh, that stitching just makes my heart yearn for the needle and thread! I cannot wait to see what your heart tells your hands to do!

Victoria said...

Me again. I have checked out Jude Hill's blog, "Spirit Cloth" (thanks to Connie's and Penny's comments above) and am dumbstruck as why I don't look at it every day. What amazing work she does. I also found out today that Jude has two other textile blogs, "What if", and "Thread Crumbs" all three have now been added to my link bar. Each is wonderfully informative.

Fer said...

Ooo, I love it. That randomness of placement, earthy tones and stitches. It's a wonderful mix of 'mend and make do' and expressionism (I think!).

Can't wait to see what comes of this!

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

I went over there and looked at the site and all I can say is WOW!
can't wait to see how you revision it.

nicolette said...

Thanks for mentioning Jude Hill’s blogs. I love what I ’ve seen.


Reading your post feels like I relive my thoughts from last weekend. I always search for new paths and experiments using textile. I’m often in conflict between the cuddly quilts I want to make and the experimental pieces, that provide for much more fun!
Can’t wait to see the results of all that’s wandering around your head!

karen said...

stunning images Victoria. Wonderful ''utility'' stitching, right up my street.

Cheryl Arkison said...

There is such quietness in those. Simply beautiful. I can't wait to see what comes from it from you.