Pinteresting is back! And to celebrate I’m going to have a little giveaway! Read on….
There’s something of a blue theme to this weeks Pinteresting, which was completely accidental, but certainly don’t have any problems with that. Blue is probably my current favourite colour, especially bright blue, and there’s a lot of that featured. So without further ado…
First up is this gorgeous illustrative fabric from Lila Ruby King. Look at the beautiful horses!
This particular print is called Field Day, and it literally transports me to a beautiful meadow full of horses, luscious green grass, bright yellow flowers, the heat of the sun on my shoulders. Oh summer….You can find more of Anna’s gorgeous textiles, illustrations and jewellery over on Etsy.
Moving on from fabric to embroidery;
Oh my word. I absolutely LOVE this project. My Spanish is a little rusty (It’s been over 10 years since I studied it!) and I can’t translate it via google because it’s a GIF, but the gist of it is that it’s a project between Mexican illustrators and embroiderers and was part of an embroidery, photography and audio-visual exhibition held in 2012 in, which was a collaboration between Spanish illustrator Carmen Segovia and the working women of Mexico . I’m afraid I can’t tell you much about the story behind the illustration, but going by the imagery i’d say it was something to do with their local environment and day to day lives. You can see more images from the work and exhibition on the Carmen Segovia website, it really is worth a look.
Continuing with blue embroidery, next up is this intricate work by Yumico Higuchi of Handmade Works. Titled ‘Botanical Garden’ I felt that this little series of embroideries really captured the feeling of Spring and a walk through a Botanical Garden. The stitching is absolutely perfect, so neatly executed.
It wasn’t until I scrolled down the page that I found that Yumiko turns these beauties into little purses! This really took me by surprise, but actually they work really well; I’d love a coin purse like that! And then I couldn’t decide which was my favourite colour…choose for yourself…
Moving on a little from embroidery to abstract textile art, and I stumbled across the work of contemporary abstract artist Aryana Londir from Phoenix, Arizone. Aryana works in a variety of mediums including textiles, paint and sculpture. This particular ‘quilt’ is taken from a collection called Compartments, which is based around people building upwards rather than outwards due to a lack of space, and thus living spaces becoming ‘compartmentalised’.
Ironically, something about the shapes and composition of this piece reminds me of the collapse of the Twin Towers in 9/11, and the photos which circulated the media in the days after. A gorgeous piece nonetheless and a talented artist.
My final pin for this week continues with a somewhat abstract piece, this time in the form of an oil painting.
Isn’t it awesome?! There’s more to it than that; it cropped into my Pinterest feed because I like abstract art, and because i’d been pinning blue things, but the thing that struck a chord with me mostly was the title of this piece. I’ve suffered with moderate depression, and post natal depression, and recently I’ve really felt like i’ve been ‘Shakin’ Off The Blues’. And don’t dogs look so much happier after a good old wet shake?! This artwork is by Iris Scott, a finger painting artist from Brooklyn, NY and she has done a whole series of Shakin’ Dogs. Who doesn’t want to be a finger painting artist when they grow up?! What an incredible job title! Here’s a little Vimeo which shows how Iris painted ‘Shakin’ Off The Blues’, and I really don’t think there is a more tactile or interactive way of using paint than this:
Iris has an inspiring book about her fingerprinting techniques, and you can see more of her work on her website. You can see all of my pins over at Pinterest. Follow along, I’d love to see what you’re pinning too.
And now as promised, a little giveaway….
To celebrate the relaunch of my blog I’ve put together a little ‘blue’ giveaway.
How about this cute little Sashiko kit in Navy, complete with contrasting white thread?
Or how about this hand stitched notebook with a gorgeous blue spine with contrasting buttons, with funky map covers on the outside and sheet music on the inside?
If you’re lucky, I might throw in a couple of blue fat quarters too…
To enter, tweet or instagram @strtstitch with the hashtag #bluepin telling me which is your favourite Blue pin. You can also enter on Facebook by sharing this post and tagging Straight Stitching and telling me which is your favourite blue pin or by commenting on this blog post with your favourite pin!
Here comes the small print:
Entries are only open to UK residents because of postage (sorry about that)
Entries close at 12pm on Monday 25th May and will be announced at 7pm on Monday 25th May
For entries to be valid, you must have either liked or followed the relevant social media page. For blog entries, please leave a valid email address.
Winner will be drawn from a woolly hat at random by my 4 year old.
The prize will be posted Royal Mail First Class once the winner has confirmed their address.
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