Author Archives: Helen

Sketches to Stitches

Rough sketches were translated to stitches – on the road.

  • Esperance Western Australia to Eucla
  • Eucla to Ceduna South Australia

Sketches to Stitches #1

  • Ceduna to Port Lincoln South Australia
  • Port Lincoln to Winchelsea Victoria

Sketches to Stitches #2

The sketches were much easier and quicker than the embroidery – but I’ve never tried sketching as a passenger!

Happy travels, happy stitching!

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Helen

Stitching On The Road

I finished making a set of napkins for Ballicart on the way from home to Esperance WA.

Art with a purpose I thought, but then napkins still function without embroidery. Without the ‘art’ they’d be dull and boring – wouldn’t they?

Nature Inspired Embroidered Napkins – Helen L

Same threads, same shapes, same stitches but all different!

Same but Different – Helen L

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Helen

The Debate Continues….

I’m glad I didn’t make any New Year resolutions for 2018 – especially not ‘Make more art!’

On reflection though, I have been drawing designs, selecting ‘supports’, composing, ย coordinating colours, improvising, turning mistakes into happy accidents – so making a different kind of art – or is it craft? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Helen

For the record

Just for the record – I was very creative in December but produced no art ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I dislike the commercialism of Christmas but love spending time with family and friends during the ‘silly’ season and like to give gifts – so I make many of them. Sometimes I supplement a hand made item with a complementary purchased one.

I was a proud Mumma when son Leo declared it was much easier to buy a gift than make one – it means he realises the value of a unique, handmade present and the effort, skill and attention behind it.

This collage captures some of the things I made in the final month or two of 2017.

No Art in December 2017

I think I should make a resolution for 2018 – “Make more art!”

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Helen

Re-stocking!

As soon as I finished with Inktober I started filling any spare time with making replacement stock for Kalamunda’s Zig Zag Cultural Centre.ย  No rest for….

My budget home Canon printer and other equipment cope well with my demands.

Hoping I’ll soon have time to take stock of my progress, my shortcomings and a very long projects list before deciding what to focus on next.ย  Any suggestions would be most welcome!

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Helen

Re-stocking

Reflections On Inktober 2017

This was the third year I’ve completed Inktober – this time 31 ink sketches in 32 days.ย  On reflection:

  • I’m still bemused as to why I do it, but still glad I do
  • It’s just as hard to fit into an already busy life as ever
  • Discipline is required to keep showing up
  • So is overcoming all one’s negative thoughts – pointless, useless, unworthy…
  • I kept to my self inflicted constraints (black & orange ink, featuring time, flora and my day)!
  • Constraints encourage creativity!
  • The first idea is not necessarily the best idea. I often think of a better idea after I’ve published!
  • Some sketches are fit to become the basis of a future art work
  • It’s tiring!
  • It’s inspiring!
  • It’s great when it stops!
  • I know I’ll miss it in a month or so and start looking forward to Inktober 2018 !@#$?

Inktober 2017 – Helen Lock

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Helen

Time Is Like A River – Day 31 Inktober 2017

“Time is like a river
you cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed
will never pass again…”ย  – Tanu B Singh

Inktober 2017 is over, water under the bridge, and on the last day I pondered the passing of time.

I chose the White Lotus as my flower of the day as it represents many things, including the end of a goal and a continuing journey.

Time Is Like a River – Day 31 #Inktober #Inktober2017

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Helen