Thursday, January 14, 2010

TT: Surface

Surface: a very wide ranging topic. Verb, noun, adjective. Rising up from the depths, the top, superficial.

I find it difficult to dig deeply on a topic here. Always have. Easier to stay on top, to float on the surface, and look down occasionally through the clear water into the murk. But not very often.

The first thing I thought of when I saw this week's theme was a swimmer rising out of a body of water: a lake. That muffled world before breaking the surface.

The second was of course surface design, especially of fabric. In fact, I turned to The Surface Designer's Handbook, which has so many ways to manipulate the surface. Dyeing and printing and creating resists. And the inspirational The Art of Embroidery, by Fran├žoise Tellier-Loumagne, with its beguiling nature photographs and corresponding interpretations of rocks, plants, shore in stitches.

It was embroidery and knitting. And sewing. I look forward to all these. During high school I seemed to have had all the time in the world for all of it, but time is slipping away, dropping me down inch by inch below the surface of what it is I'd really like to be doing. hmm.

23 comments:

subby said...

Pretty neat. I'd not know there was such a book. And I hear ya on the "time" thing. Sometimes it's hard to keep one's head above the surface...cheers, tut-tut

Brian Miller said...

love to run my fingers over the surface of an embroidered design...think i take a bit of the artist with me.

Kurt said...

It's hard to do what you'd really like to be doing.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

for years I thought it would be great to acquire some embroidering skills thinking it would be lovely to embellish quilts with embroidered touches - like those wonderful crazy quilts of yore.

definitely going to check into this book!

how did we have so much time back in our youth? it's cruel how now that we really could use it, it's never there!

Roy said...

Nice take on the theme, Tut! I used to embroider; I still have needles, floss, and a couple of hoops around here somewhere.

Wings said...

Had a hard time, too! But you hit some cool points. The wife of the barber near me does amazing needlepoint. She has some framed, some with the prizes she has won. One of them is so immense I stand in awe each time. The hours it took, the patience... just boggles the mind.

Jill said...

I have some wonderful embroidered pillow cases (done by my Nana) always wanted to learn...but no patience and no time.

It is a work of art.

Stephanie said...

A swimmer was the first thing I thought of too.

Skip Simpson said...

I love the surface of an old handmade quilt. So soothing! Happy TT!

Ricky in Winnipeg said...

Just found your blog and read back to last Friday. Try making freezer strawberry jam. It is the best. Only jam we have around here, and it can be stored in plastic sandwich bags, takes up less room in the freezer than the friut, and it seems to me, is quicker to make than the cooked variety. I use frozen fruit for it quite often.
And I love that you are a fan of your own cooking. Best kind of fan to have. LOl
Ricky in Winnipeg

Betty C. said...

I like your remark about not liking to dig deeply into topics on your blog...I often feel the same way. But I'm not sure people would actually READ us if we really dug...

The Mistress said...

It's hard to find the time to do those things which we delight in.

JeffScape said...

Fabric, eh? That never even crossed my mind... cool. I went the water route, sort of. ;)

I wonder if anyone's done a braille piece for TT this week...

Joy Keaton said...

I always loved the feel of a finished needlepoint project... the tactile feel and the feeling of accomplishment too. Nice take on the TT!

Tom said...

that's a great artform, fabric and sewing. Not for me, if i could fix a button with duct tape....

Kate Hanley said...

Cool take on the theme. I want to take up knitting to give me something to do when I stage manage. I love the image of the swimmer breaking the water, very nice. Happy TT!

kmkat said...

I learned to embroider as a child and have taken it up again a couple times, but found it does not suit me. Knitting does, as does crochet. Needlepoint is too much like embroidery, although I admire the finished products immensely. To each her own.

Mmm said...

hope you get to do that which you want soon enough.

Fabric and embroidery is incredible too. it is too overlooked.

Lizzie said...

I like your take on the TT theme. It's been quite some time since I did some embroidery. Hmm.

e said...

Lovely post, Tut, and too right about time slipping away...

Mrsupole said...

It seems the older I get the less time I have to do things. Maybe it is because I spend so much time trying to remember what I have to do. Yup, that's it. My memory sucks.

I used to do so many arts and crafts when I was younger, now I just spend time on the computer. That is why I never have time to do those other things anymore. The computer did it, along with my sucky memory.

God bless.

Betty C. said...

My that's a lot of comments. You seem to have a very solid reader base! I guess you should be blogging more!

lettuce said...

oh yes, textiles! never occurred to me, which is kind of odd...

that book looks great.
its what I'd like to have more time to do too...