It was lovely to spend time hanging out at home & in the studio after the whole Christmas period.
Taking a couple of days to notice the small things: pods, leaves, foliage.. and do a bit of printing.
This year I am determined to launch my online course modules, and began filming course material ..
so stay tuned to the n e w website taraaxford.com for details
This january I attended summer school.
Organised by fibrearts australia I took a 5 day work shop with British textile artist Dionne Swift, as I had previously done an online workshop and was keen to see how it all worked in real life! It was my first time being at such an event - but with a jam packed timetable and all meals sorted - I soon adapted.
It was super to meet lots of creative people and share in the activities like the 10 x 10, and 15 x 15, exhibitions - these were my contributions... (above)
Next it was looking for inspiration..
threading up the machine...
and beginning a stitching frenzy.. starting with this 5cm brooch piece...
it was a wonderful start to learn how to paint with thread
I was a little shocked to realise how quickly I adopted that timetable..
but once I realised how to create a few 'holes' I left the premises to discover: The Lake
which was timely as we needed to begin a larger piece on our last day
It certainly was a whirlwind stitching kind of frenzy
the last night all classes compiled a show and tell..
here's some of my pieces, and the sketches that informed them
I hope your creative plans for 2017 are coming along nicely ....