Well, yes it has been a long time since I posted, & the 2 best reasons are
(1) that I am now a Student Minister with One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and this training will take me to summer 2014. I will write about it in my next post.
and (2) my creativity is taking a new turn, which this post is about, I have circled back to textiles..
It started with upcycling clothing classes with the wonderful Carys Hedd and her sewing machines - she inspires & guides one to cut up old garments & make funky fun new ones. See http://wenchwear.co.uk
Luckily Sarah came to stay, I needed her help again to make a mannequin. Great way to use up rags, we wound each other's torsos in duck tape, cut each other out & stuffed them. A real laugh! You may note I have also edited my trousers - comfy army ones that needed some colour...
Once that was in place I happily demolished 2 old fleeces & I was away..
It took a while for the whole garment to take shape.. but it is an immensely satisfying process, which I look forward to repeating, though of course no 2 garments will be the same..
I enjoyed creating lots of seams up the back, but there were some spark holes too from bonfires.. so I have made a feature of them. The finishing touch was some text, copied from balloons given out at the end of a wonderful & inspiring play I saw in Birmingham last w/e - Flying Home by Deidre Burton & Tom Davis - which my nephew Edmund Caird was acting in..
So here is the final back view in the sun in our garden.. and this garment is called
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