studio life: embroidery techniques

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Work in progress

With my new body of work I aim to refine my embroidery skills. Testing different types of thread and yarn, because the same stitch can produce different effects when different types of thread are employed. With that said, not every type of thread or stitch will work with rubber.

While doing research on embroidery techniques I found the following quotes.  I always assumed that I employ a satin stitch in my work:

After reading this I realised that my stitching is not that ‘perfect’, and I do not have a great deal of patience…and then i found this:

So I thought, hang on, maybe the type of embroidery I do is possibly a combination of “satin stitch” and “laid work”.

mmm…maybe i can re-name my stitches to “laid-back-satin-stitch”….or “laid-back-rubber-stitch 😉

October: a beautiful month

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Yesterday morning I received a beautiful reminder from a friend….she sent me a link to a youtube video of U2 performing: It’s a beautiful day…today I listened to it again….tomorrow if all goes to plan I will listen to it again…sometimes I just need to remind myself

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day

And then to top it off I received a parcel in the mail from another friend.  She sent me this amazing rubber necklace!


Studio snippets: I am stitching like crazy…there is progress, but the process takes sooooo long that I get jittery, fustrated, anxious and nervous….that’s when I have to remind myself….its a beautiful day…to stitch away, anyway

work in progress

I am thinking about using a wooden toy that belongs to my son for a base of this sculpture. Not so sure he will be happy about it, but I think it might just work?? (note this is not the final view, just putting the thoughts together)

In between working on some larger works I continue to make headgear just for fun:

etienne met helmet

I started keeping a journal at around age 13, and when I started studying we had to have sketchbooks (which i really enjoyed) so I kept on working in sketchbooks and keeping visual diaries since 1996. When my children were very small I stopped for a brief period. These days i find that I dont really have time, but I try…so I resort to collage and ink since it is immediate, quick and plalyful: doing something that you feel doesnt need to be perfect or to be seen or exhibited.


Other news:

It’s this time of year:


Just love to hear them eat or watch these beautiful creatures going about their business.


I am still obsessed about Basquiat. The lovely ladies from our library ordered 2 Basquiat books, and I am enjoying it soooo much to spend some time with his images in the comfort of my house.

currently this is the work by Basquiat that I adore, would love to own this one:

Basquiat: Mona Lisa 1983

Basquiat: Mona Lisa 1983

oh and his helmets are awesome as well:


and while reading the books I learned about another artist called David Hammons…check out this piece made with rubber! :

Work by David Hammons

Work by David Hammons

so all and all everyday is a beautiful day, and I hope you experience it too