Month: October 2016

Circular Flower Weave

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I’ve had a few attempts at circle weaving – this was the first that turned out okay. I’ve woven onto a metal hoop that I found in the flower arranging department. I learned that with circular weaving you have to knot the ends rather than weave them in and it’s best to leave the weaving on the loom.

This piece is a pretty experiment and not an emotional piece.

 

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Weaving: This Is Me

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I recently received a not very pleasant letter from my estranged father saying how I was expected to behave. This fuelled my desire to be my own person and to stand up for my needs and wishes. I wanted to say “This is Me”. Weaving was my chosen medium as I wanted it to be tactile and 3 dimensional rather than a flat canvas. As I worked on this piece, my feelings travelled from defiance towards my father into tenderness and love for myself. I finished this piece with care and I will hang it with love.

 

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Weaving: A Different Colour

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I experienced an urge to work with different colours to normal as a way to move away from the grief that I was experiencing, a way to draw a line underneath it. Bright colours normally dominate my art work and so working predominantly with white and grey was a change. Working on this piece, I found some deep emotion was tapped into, yet I haven’t been able to determine exactly what it was. I do think the wool being sparkly had something to do with it. I started out weaving a few weeks ago intending weaving to be a nurturing and calming activity, however it has now become an active part of my therapeutic journey.

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My Red Haired Embryo

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For my recent IVF cycle I chose an egg donor who had red hair and blue eyes. I worked through some of my feelings about the potential child not looking like me (I have brown hair and hazel eyes), and then fell in love with the thought of my red haired embryo. I felt love and excitement for this potential little being.

Waking on the day embryo replacement had been due to take place, my first thought was to create a painting of my embryo as a way of being with and processing the grief. I wanted to depict the dream, the energy, the excitement and the hope.

The red bits on the outside represent the hair. I chose a deeper red rather than red hair colour to emphasise the colour red. The blue circle is the eye colour of the donor. The five inner circles represent the 5 cells which grew in the best embryo. The sun is shining on my embryo, it’s dancing, and it’s flying away from me.

It does feel good to have something to remember my red haired embryo by 🙂

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I am Hurting

After months of preparation, I went ahead with my donor egg IVF. Embryo replacement was scheduled to take place yesterday, only the treatment failed with no viable embryos created. I initially sat with my grief, working on a painting to help me process the situation, however last night the emotions became intense and so I decided to express them on a canvas. I didn’t plan this piece of art. I simply depicted what was coming up at the time. As you can see, there has been a lot of anger and emotional pain, but it was positive to let my feelings out in this way.

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I’ve Taken Up Weaving

I visited a craft show recently and purchased a weaving wall hanging kit. It was something different to try and I just loved the colours. This kit is by Juko designs (www.jukodesigns.co.uk).

 

This kit inspired me to try some more weaving techniques and weaving with embellishments, and so I created this experimental piece.

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I think weaving is a good craft to try, firstly because you can experiment with different textiles and embellishments, and secondly, unless you decide to weave a complex pattern, it’s a simple and soothing activity for when the head is busy.

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