I’ve got all kinds of projects on the go. Perhaps you can relate?
Some of them (like my needlepoint tapestries) take incredibly long to finish, while others (like my quick carved-eraser patterns) are made in a flash.
I occasionally find it difficult to reconcile the two, because while I may start a needlepoint in response to other things I’m doing in the studio, by the time I do the last stitch, the design is old news. We’ve all moved on, and all that effort ends up getting forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
Recently, however, I appear to have managed to find a happy middle.
In April last year, I painted a tapestry canvas with a design inspired by a paper cutout I’d made about 5 years before.
I called the design Scandi Candy, because the little motifs looked like little midcentury sweeties!
6 months later, when I was just over halfway, I began exploring the pattern possibilities in each of the Scandi Candy motifs, making prints from carved erasers (as well as more tapestry).
Then I also started screenprinting the motifs onto linen too, using the funny, hack-handed masking tape printing technique I made up.
And what’s coming next?
Well, I’m still stitching away at the needlepoint, I’m turning the printed linen into a quilt and…. Skinny laMinx will be launching a brand new print called Scandi Candy at the end of June.
Watch this space!