I have started to think about that piece of snowy white velvet and what to do with it…

As there’s nothing scarier than a blank piece of beautiful and expensive material, I have decided to use my photos of snow as a starting point.  It’s a very different inspiration to the ripples and erosion I have been working with recently, but still has the same elements of layers and destruction by time. It will be good to let my mind wander into new territory.

I’m not quite sure yet what I am aiming to make.  White velvet would not be my first choice for a wall hanging, and I personally think it is a shame to put a textured textile behind glass.  I prefer to make things that are vacuum cleaner friendly. I have previously made a dyed, quilted and beaded hanging in silk velvet, and I did actually buy this piece of velvet with a view to dyeing and making something similar. I do have just enough (100cm x 110 cm) to make a quilt to enter into the Festival of Quilts, particularly if I add a border. The advantage of this is that it gives me a deadline to work to and boundaries!

So working on my principle that you need a plan to have something to deviate from, I intend to start sketching and playing with some of the images I took of snow in Norway and Sweden, with a notion that I will create a contemporary hanging of some description to enter into the Festival of Quilts. It may be that my drawings and experiments will suggest something completely different, which, of course, is the joy of making something for yourself!

Next week I am going to start drawing from my photos taken outside the hotel in Kiruna of the overlapping footprints left behind in the snow by our group as they were leaving, and the pictures of grasses emerging from the snow taken from the train and see where that starts to take my imagination!

April 15, 2012


What a challenge! I’m sure you’ll find lots colour hidden in the snow and ice. I can’t wait to see what you make of your piece of velvet.

Yes, I think it will be a challenge and the intention is to drag myself out of my comfort zone. I am not confident using colour in a subtle way and doing this on a white background means there will be no place to hide!

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