When I am not editing, I like to make art. My current focus is stitching.
Any art I make is all about the process. I have always loved learning new techniques, but I generally eschew any “rules” and avoid following pre-made patterns. For my stitching in particular, I just love the meditative and repetitive quality of the action, and enjoy combining colours and creating textures.
My process is mostly intuitive—I grab the materials and see where they take me. I seem to mostly use a basic straight stitch, but I do mix in a few others. I find it really inspiring that this basic use of stitching to cover the surface of cloth, which adds decoration and strength, shows up all over the world. Stitching can be used to simply make something beautiful to look at and also be applied practically to mend or reinforce any type of textile.
One of the biggest questions I get from people is, “What are you making that for?” and my answer is usually, “I don’t know, I just like doing it.” The end result is generally secondary for me. I just love to stitch, or crochet, or weave, or whatever, and eventually there may be a wall-hanging or blanket or some other “thing” that comes out of it.
If you are interested in my artwork, drop me a line!
Some of my stitching was on display at The Learnary, 2643 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, in May and June 2019. Be sure to check out the rotating artists’ work on their walls.
Past event: Come stitch with me! I will be at the Learnary, June 8, 12 to 3 pm, with some supplies so people can stitch along with me. Drop in at any point. All ages. We will also have a little party/opening on the same day from 3 to 5 pm.