Saturday, October 16, 2010


I've been collecting texture photos for two years now. It's something that I totally enjoy photographing and it's always in the back of my mind to do something in fiber with them.

Well, now that I am taking Julie and Cris's Texture Town class, I am.

Aren't the colors in this photo wonderful. Who knew a metal upright could be so delicious.

On to a housekeeping note, I am really sorry to have to change my comment section to one where you have to jump through some hoops. The amount of stuff (I'm using my Sunday vocabulary) that I have been getting since September is amazing and annoying.

I want you to know that I truly appreciate the thoughtful comments that are left on my blog.
When your comment arrives in my email inbox I always try to respond as soon as possible.
If it doesn't I do try to get back to respond.
Honestly, though, I'm not good at doing anything backwards.
Ask Zeus about how we dance.

It's another gorgeous day. I feel like pinching myself, what a beautiful fall we have had. I wouldn't say the colors on the trees have been at their best. I think that has to do with too much rain, or not enough rain at some critical time during the summer. But, blue skies, sun shinning and calm warm days are just amazing.

I've been sorting photographs off and on. We got a new computer and I promised myself that any pictures I downloaded I would edit, sort, label and put in the proper folders. It just gets out of hand if you take a lot of pictures and just keep them by date.

We went out for pizza, last night and watched some of the Ohio vs Wisconsin game on the big screen. Lots of fans in red there. Then we wandered over to B & N for coffee and split a desert.
I checked out some of the new magazines. I wasn't surprised to see a ton of quilting, knitting and crocheting ones but I didn't seem to see any about embroidery. It's certainly an art form or craft form that's been around for centuries. Tapestry, embroidery, crewel, stitches period. Where are the books that showcase what's been going on in many, many countries for centuries and what's new? I opened one magazine, I think it was Fiber Arts, which I remember reading years ago and was surprised to see an article heading, SLOPPY ART or something like that. I think it was the word sloppy that struck me.

I guess I react to that word just like I do to any negative word used for the creative work that mostly women do. I've always been disgusted with the use of the words "cheaters cloth" for preprinted panels used in quilting. My friends tease me about it. I have always believed that how we refer, as women, to what we are, do, create reflects how we feel about our worth.
If we use negative words to describe ourselves or what we do, use, produce we might as well wear a sandwich sign that says, TAKE NO NOTICE OF ME.
Quilter friendly fabric is an expression, one of my friends came up with for the negative one.
It's not a big deal but it gives a more positive spin on some beautiful fabric that can be used in the art of making quilts.
I didn't have time to read the article for Sloppy Art. Since it was in a Fiber magazine I am assuming it's referring to unrelated, perhaps unplanned, combinations of fibers, texture, stitches.
Some may care for the look, some might not. Some like casual chic some don't. Some like slow stitches and some find even that terminology odd.

Just remember that it's all creative expression. It all has value. It may not be your cup of tea. It may not be a popular item to sell, display, or even share with others. BUT, IT'S A CREATIVE ART FORM. YOUR CREATIVE ART FORM and it does need to be presented to the world with dignity, with value, with love and care.

:)Bea Create from the space deep within you.


  1. Anonymous9:29 AM

    Very pretty photo of something we probably would normally just pass by without noticing. It's a reminder to "stop and smell the roses"!

  2. Yes, yes, yes! I so agree with you on the connotations that certain words give our creations. You would think if someone creates because it feeds their soul - no matter what is used would be described in a positive manner. Too bad that doesn't always happen. Hugs on this beautiful Sunday

  3. thanks are a good representative of the feelings of America's heartland. I've bookmarked this post and plan to link it in a future blog post of mine

  4. i LOVE textural pieces..and you will enjoy chris and julies class if you haven;t taken them before they give great info!!!
    this is the first one i haven't taken...only because i haven't finished the last class and i must before i move into another one ya know
    discipline and all that
    well maybe i will go ahead and sign up anyway

    great photo!

  5. I love your texture photos, texture is something I'm still exploring in applying in my creative process.

    You are right on in how we describe what we do. Kind of using the phrase "I'm just a...". No one is "just" anything... that reduces what it is we do or think. Good post!

    Oh, I also love that luscious blue door in the previous post!

  6. I have been collecting rusty bits for over a year now and I am almost ready to put them altogether with some fiber works. I think the sloppy description turns most readers off... have a relaxing rest of your weekend. Imagine and live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  7. Well said Bea! :) I love your texture photograph. When I saw it in the thumbnail on my dashboard it looked like an aerial photo of a beach with the waves breaking. Mind you, I do have a one track mind at the moment ;)

  8. I love that photo. I would not have known what the subject of it was before you identified it. I'm very much attracted by pieces that have the natural beauty of rust or decay in them, and much of my work will include some of that in it: peeling layers, tears and rips and age.

  9. This dark red background makes your blog a little difficult to read.

    I thought the texture photo was something from the Hubble telescope - heh.

  10. So, tell me more about the class, please.

  11. I love that texture photo too. I thought it was one of your paper art pieces at first. I have tons of photos of tree bark and other texture, stone walls, stones. Wonderful, isn't it?

    I so agree about the negative terminology. 'sloppy', what a dreadful work to use in connection with any art. A most interesting post Bea. I hope the class proves worthwhile for you.