meet the artist – inspiration and method to the madness…

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the artist at work photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald 2020

A FAQ: “Where do you get inspiration from?

I believe inspiration/ideas are everywhere. I once read that the muse can be found anywhere/everywhere, he/she/it must just find you working.

I work in series and on individual pieces.  I usually have more than one piece I am working on at a time.  Much of my work involves my own artistic freedom even when i work from a brief for a group exhibition, since those briefs are usually very open to interpretation.

I also have been keeping visual diaries/sketchbooks since 1998 and i revisit them from time to tome which will sport more ideas ore even a different take on previous ideas.

sketchbook collage

I have only one favourite needle that I prefer working with, but i don’t know the brand or even where I bought it.  Sigh.

artist at work Hannalie Taute photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald 2019

I rarely use DCM floss – only for small pieces.  For bigger pieces I use a variety of thread/yarn, ranging from Elle, Nikkim 100% cotton yarn to Kartopu organica (Egyptian cotton) or whatever I get my hands on.

There are times when I combine paper (as in found pages or vintage photographs) with rubber and thread.  I also experiment with fabric, which I applique onto the rubber.

I mainly use one type of stitch since the rubber don’t really allow for fancy stitches.  My stitching are intentionally imperfect or even messy. 😉

I wish you a happy productive week ahead.

All she needs is a pat(ch) on the back

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"All she needs is a pat(ch) on the back" Cotton thread, rubber, batting and vintage frame. 2015

“All she needs is a pat(ch) on the back” Cotton thread, rubber, batting and vintage frame. 2015

I was recently approached by a dear old friend from art school days, to create a work for him and his partner.

I appreciate it to get commissions, but on the otherhand it’s the most difficult for me to do.  (I enjoy it when they say that you can do whatever you like, but on the other hand you hope that they can relate to it on some level)

I havent seen this friend in ages . The last time I saw him was at a Tori Amos concert, I decided to listen to her music while planning what to do…The song “Spark’ from her Choirgirl hotel cd, started playing and I love the lyrics: “She’s addicted to nicotine patches”.  I said to myself, well I’m addicted to rubber patches…and voila…an image started to form in my mind.

In doing a commission I hope to get a pat on the back…and say for instance that the person I create the work for, doens’t like it…then I’ll at least have a patch…..