Friday, July 22, 2011

Done! Another unique creation created...

So you're curious about what sort of scarf Stephanie won in our recent 'Win a Scarf for Winter' competition, hmm?

Thought you might be...  ; )

Well, after showing her some of my previous work, she quickly decided what colours and style she liked best: Purple and red. Long and skinny.

Then the fun began. Finger knotting each individual strand, while watching TV (of course!). Creating another unique creation.

Once I had all the strands I needed, I then laid them out and when I was happy with their arrangement, I tied them together and voila! One red and purple, long and skinny finger knotted fibre art scarf.

And that's it. The whole yarn... (yes, I had to put it in somewhere...)

I hope it's as you imagined it, Steph...

Enjoy!! = )

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Change is good...

Today is a good day. The sun might not be shining, the wind might be cold, but that doesn't bother me. I'm making change happen.

For several years now I've been pursuing a 'creative career', but it hasn't all gone to plan, as I had expected and hoped... And although this has been at times quite disappointing and frustrating, I also know it hasn't all been in vain. I've learnt so much along the way - and not just about the industry - but about myself, that I'm actually grateful in some ways for the journey I've had.

So, it's no big surprise that when I recently moved house and into new studio environment, I was faced again with a change, not only in circumstances and location, but in opportunities, and I realised that I had also changed.

That was when I also realised it was now time. Time to step up and make it happen. Time to realise the dream that had inspired my desire for a 'creative career' in the first place. It was time to go back to my creative roots, back to real textile art and overcome all the fears and doubts that have held me back for so long.

'Daystar Rising' Wearable Textile Art by Suzie Renda (nee Borstel). 2005

So, change is a good thing, at least I think so. And I revel in thought of what could be... and will be.

I know of course it won't happen overnight, but I do know that if I keep moving in the right direction, bit by bit I'll get there. And that's definitely a good thing.

Detail from 'The Search' Wall hanging by Suzie Renda (nee Borstel) 2000.