Redwork Quilt of Tattoos

My Hands are a lot better but I am still taking it easy on the key board. So just snippits from me today. Firstly I have some more Gmail invites going. Since there is a gigabyte of space it’s a really handy service. Just email me if you want one.

Also receptionista left a comment drawing attention to a redwork quilt she made using school tattoo designs and retro motifs. It’s a great quirky contemporary quilt. It’s also just great to see young women embracing any form of textile practice. I really wish guilds and quilting groups world wide would not be quite so judgmental (I am pointing to the stitching and quilting police here) and set up stitch and bitch nights to attract and include them. There are heaps of young men and women who knit, sew, quilt, embroider and participate in various craft projects. There is also a huge generation gap – so big that many young textile practitioners are not at all interested in most of the support groups and networks that are established. They are setting up their own networks such as craftster.org. With a subtitle like ‘no tea cosies without irony’ – I love the site, the way they just get on make stuff and their energy. Go on toddle over and have a look at what they are making and talking about …

Taking a break…

I had to push through with some work until last night to complete a project yesterday and today my hands are still sore ? so you will hear little from me while I give them a rest. In the meanwhile have a read of some blogs over at needlecase.net or poke around Soul Food Cafe or any of the blogs listed in my ‘like minded’ section at the bottom of the menu bar. I will be staying clear of a keyboard until my hands are once again pain free.

Rose Rushbrooke Contemporary textile artist

Fractal geometry is a fascinating area of mathematics that never fails to surprise delight and tantalize me. Rose Rushbrooke is a textile artist who explores the extraordinary designs that are created by using computer software to generate fractals. Rose Rushbrooke defines fractals as being “mathematically generated patterns repeated at every scale.” Once a fractal is created the image is then translated and interpreted in fiber taking the form of a quilt.

In the gallery section of Rose Rushbrooke’s site click on the images and you can see larger images. I was pleased to see close details of these quilts. So many textile practitioners go to the trouble of creating a site, and then only show us tiny images of their work! I sense that many textile practitioners are fascinated with process and a work in progress section of the site illustrates how Rushbrooke’s quilts are realised. Experimental work is explored and documented in a series of Journal Quilts. The site is topped off with a dash of information about interpreting fractals as designs to be realised in textiles.