During GCSE years (or O’level as it was in my day), one of the subjects I took was Fine Art. I always remember feeling I wasn’t very good at it but did, on my third attempt, secure a grade B having previously received two grade Ds! I seem to remember we were taught to draw or paint in a particular way and could never quite master it. I have since realised that art isn’t about conforming, there is no right or wrong, it is your own personal interpretation, your way to express what you see and how you feel.
Texture has fascinated me since junior school, my first memories are of making paper collages and weaving materials by using a hand made cardboard loom.
I have finally rekindled this love by sewing tactile and colourful artwork for Ellie’s Treasures. I have to admit, it was daunting at first and actually quite frustrating, as I knew how I wanted things to look, but didn’t have the confidence to get there. All I can say is, if this sounds like you, whatever you long to do, keep practising, keep experimenting and you’ll be surprised how quickly you progress.
After initial fabric and charm framed pictures I moved on to sewing with material scraps, ribbon, trims and embellishments to “build” my first mini canvas. It took me an absolute age!
Now I love the planning stage and really get stuck in trying this and that until I begin to see something lovely develop. Although there are many times when work is put on the back-burner for a few weeks, I know I will return to it with fresh eyes and be able to finish and be happy with the end result.
When a piece comes together, the sense of achievement is wonderful. That feeling grows even more when someone else shows an interest in your hard work by way of comments and sales – it boosts your confidence no end and pushes you to keep doing what you love.