I fully endorse using whatever medium inspires you for whatever project you are developing. Conversely a medium and materials frequently inspire the creative process, so although I’m fully into using what you own as much as possible, new materials coming into the studio can really spark some fresh ideas.
I like to use needlepoint a lot these days to interpret ideas, but I still enjoy collage, drawing, using coloured pencils and paints, and appliquéd stitched fabrics and mixed media. I don’t force myself stick to one medium, the aim is keeping things totally enjoyable and as relaxed as creativity can ever be.
I had some hoops left over from previous projects, and thought about moving them along, but I’m glad I didn’t, because I’m stitching some small pieces in them at the moment with great enjoyment. They are fabulous for working on quite rapid pieces, and because they are so drum – like when stretched I can indulge myself with much beading and addition of other materials, like my porcelain pieces, and the odd pebble or bit of wood.
Above and below, sorting out some materials.
The materials in the image above inspired me to start a series of mostly white and black pieces, with the addition as necessary of small amounts of colour. This idea basically came from just going through my fabrics and grouping them together.
For the moment, back to the the two original pieces, shown here in progress.
And below, two white pieces in progress. I’m not sure if the sea theme will continue, we’ll see.
These are mixed painted fabrics and an ink drawing [on the first image] on silk. They are now being stitched.
Below, two finished pieces.
This one is accurately called Fishy.
And this is Pink Forest.
Both are 26 cm/10 inch hoops, painted white.