|Moonglow, 7.5 x 10.5 inches, handstitched, wholecloth ecodyed fabric|
I've gotten enthused about a variety of things via Instagram, as I think I mentioned earlier. It's being an telling journey, noticing who and what I'm newly or rebootedly interested in at the moment.
For instance, I'm following artists who are into paper goods and Japanese stationery, the world of Midori Travel Notebooks, modern calligraphy aka brush lettering, new ways with mail art...in addition to painters, photographers, handstitchers, ceramicists.
The Midori Travel Notebook (MTN) subculture has really spoken to me. I don't travel, and I no longer keep or use a calendar-type journal, but I love the format of the regular sized MTN, with inserts (the actual booklets you write in that are attached to the cover of the notebook and can be replaced when they're full) that are 4.25 x 8.25 inches. And I love and always prefer grid paper, so I got grid paper inserts to work with.
And thus far I'm using mine as an art journal, as it turns out. Committed to using stuff I've been collecting ~ washi tape, rubber stamps, postage stamps, old paper, illustrations from childrens' books. There's something about the format that really works for me.
Brush lettering has really captured my imagination as well. I've got out all my brush pens and italic-nibbed pens, and am thinking seriously about getting some lettering worksheets online. It's all a matter of practice. Before I invest, though, I'm considering whether this might just be another passing fancy (as genealogy appears to have been), or whether I'll actually work at it to become skillful.
The stitched piece at top, Moonglow, is the latest in my SunMoonStars series. This is a small piece (7.5 x 10.5 inches) of wholecloth ecodyed fabric. Interestingly, it was more challenging than the other pieces in the series. And now I'm ready to work with some color again.
I hope you're having a good lead-up to the holidays. It's all being rather mellow for me; it usually is.