'If you make happiness your goal, then you're not going to get to it… The goal should be an interesting life."

Dorothy Rowe

Friday 30 January 2009

Here's one I made earlier ...

because I knew that after class today I wouldn't have the energy to do anything.

This is a tracing of the negative space in the pebbles picture - the spaces between the pebbles.

And this is a multiple exposure of the original image and the rotation of the image. Some really interesting shapes, I think. Apart from using linear stitches like stem or back, this could be embroidered with heavy stitching in colour in the spaces - reverse pebbles, if you like!

When I was wandering around the net earlier in the week I came across Helen Suzanne's new blog, 'Today's Title is ...' Helen suggests a title and asks us to post a piece of work which reflects our spontaneous reaction.

Her first suggestion was 'Blue Chair', which for some reason I found so evocative that I had to join in. I knew what sort of chair I saw in my mind's eye - wooden, blue [obviously] high back, four legs - so as I can't draw I had to find one to photograph.

I don't know what sort of chairs you have in your house - but I have come to the conclusion that we have a very odd collection. To start with, very few of them have four legs.
For example - we have three chairs like this - just one leg, as you can see.

We have two like this - four legs, or two pairs of conjoined twins?

Then there are six of these - a pair of conjoined twin legs?

This is a bit more conventional. [I did think of asking Wensleydale to pose in it like this but I didn't think he'd agree and I certainly wasn't going to ...]
If you think we have a liking for classics of early 20th century design - you'd be right.

I am very fond of this chair which my father re-upholstered years ago - but it wasn't right.

So it had to be this tatty object. Definitely in need of a little TLC, if anyone knows a chair restorer. It originally belonged to my grandmother which means it is getting on for a hundred years old. Several Cheese babies have been rocked in it.
You may have noticed that it isn't blue - but I fixed that. If you want to see the result you will have to visit 'Today's Title is...'

Tell you about the class tomorrow.


Helen said...

oo yes I like your choice. that solid chair with the metal legs is an interesting shape too.

Nellie's Needles said...

Glad I found the backstory behind your blue chair. Glad I found your blog through your participation in the "Today's Title is" blog.