As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've enrolled in the City & Guilds Embroidery - Level 3 course at the School of Stitched Textiles. The 1st 3 modules, of 12, arrived in the mail last Monday so I spent the week reading through the materials, getting my supplies together & getting a corner of my studio clear so that I'll have a place to work. (I honestly don't know where all of the stuff that accumulates during the course of a week comes from. I'm suspecting some odd migratory pattern involving my briefcase.) I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I signed up for the course but I think it's going to be a good process for me. Although I've been through traditional design courses where everything is planned & drawn out in advance of actually starting the piece, I've developed the bad habit over the years of skipping that step & just diving in to the creation of the piece. Module 1 is going to go a long way in breaking me of that habit.
Since I plan to continue on to the City & Guilds Embroidery - Diploma program after I complete Level 3, I was really interested to see Felicity Clarke's video posted by Serena Fenton on her blog, Layers of Meaning, yesterday. The video is a recap of the woad & indigo projects that Felicity produced during the course of her studies.
Now, on another note... I seem to have Feng Shui issues in my studio. I have 1 particular worktable that I can't seem to get positioned correctly. (Yeah, that's the reason I'm not being productive. It's the direction the table is facing.) At this point it's a very well travelled table as I have managed to drag it all over the studio over the past 2 days. And, of course, now it's right back where it started. Maybe a bubblebath with a good book will lead to an interior design epiphany. Where's Thom Filicia when you need him.