Midnight Knitter is another knitting WIP blog with a very fancy button. But its not all flash and no content. Midnight Knitter is associated with Knitblog . Apart from being a well written and designed blog on the site there are free patterns, blog buttons graphics it also links to numerous sites.
Stealing band width is a no-no in the blogging world. Don’t know what it is or weather you do it? Don’t worry I am sure many textile folks are in the same boat and I am equally sure they would not do so it if they knew it is theft and therefore wrong. I know they wouldn’t because I have this perhaps innocent belief that fiber people are great people and would not knowingly swindle anyone. This is a good article on band width theft for those who don’t know what it is. I found it via Knitblog .
If you are thinking of starting a blog this site also has information on blogging basics covering software choice and the like written by a person of fiber. Blog design is also catered to as they provide blog buttons and blog templates for fiber artists.
Two things came together this morning. I have been thinking about why textile practioners all tell stories. The second is that for the last week or so I have been poking around Heather Blakey’s Soul Food Cafe site. I found a wonderful quote about narratives this morning in one of her stories The Prospector.
“When something happens to us it is a normal impulse to tell someone about it. Framing events as a story helps us get things in perspective. If we cannot tell someone else, we tell it to ourselves, sometimes compulsively over and over, trying to make sense of it all. Story heals and palliates our pain.”
In everyday conversation when you say a work is embroidered people are inclined to think of small, intimate domestic objects. The stitch is rarely seen as graphic mark in its own right. Contemporary embroidery can be monumental in scale, hung in a public place and dealing with issues that artists have explored for centuries. Many artists have drawn on the land as a source of inspiration. Carol Nayloris a contemporary textile artist that uses a sewing machine as her pencil. Using a variety of threads Naylors painterly technique explores land formations in heavy stitchery producing visually seductive textures.
Currently Naylor is working towards a one person exhibition of machine embroidered textiles “Between the Lines”, to be held later this year in November at the Otter Gallery, University College, Chichester, West Sussex UK. Arunscape is a taster of this new body of work- click on each image for a larger image to open in new window.
In the meanwhile Carol Naylor’s work can be seen on her website , at visual associations in the section smudgeflex. Please note you have to register to use this site.
Image top: Summer Blues 20cm x 26cm approx – small scale landscape now in a private collection. (c) Carol Naylor
Second Image : Arunscape 56cm x 116cm approx – a new diptych based on topography of local landscape. (c) Carol Naylor