I have been playing with the colors and textures of fabrics and threads. Cutting and piecing here and there before committing to a specific design. Using pins for placement so changes can still occur.
In my designs I see interesting differences in sections with subtly toned transitions and sections with greater contrast of color. Mmmm … I want to use threads to stitch and stitch, criss-crossing them into patches of color to play even more with these transitions.
Why am I sharing this? Because this playful time is a wonderful get-away for me. I feel as if I am in another place, a new environment. At the end of a session I need to remind myself that yes, I am really back in Tennessee. I have satisfied a creative urge that I feel I can carry with me into my day to day experiences.
An educator asked about New Year’s resolutions from other educators around the world. I will continue with this color and texture journey … with fabrics and threads. As an artist turned educator, I have less time to work with painting media, so I am thrilled with this new way to “be with color.”
What is your resolution? Can you carve out a creative practice that fits into your day to day?
For children? How can you assist children to enter into creative experiences with color and texture?
- Think paper cut outs
- Think shapes of fabric and string
- Hold off on the glue so children can design and redesign …
Posted by Jane Broderick