I forgot how busy the New Year can get and the only art work I have managed to fix a bracelet up this week. I am going to at least get some drawing done this weekend before I go completely mad!
So I am going all the way back to 2015 looking at my Hiraeth project. These 'nests' have all been made needle felting Welsh sheep's wool. This work is close to my heart as unfortunately my Nana and Grandad have passed away. So the meanings behind each piece.
Nana: My Nana's nest is full of some of her pearls representing how she taught and inspired me to sew and create art work. She supported me throughout my life and was my best friend.
Grandad: His nest has twisted, hand dyed silks in the colours of some of his World War 2 Medals. Some of my fondest memories were listening to his War stories and telling me jokes on a weekend.
My Parents: I have created machine embroidered flowers looking at photos of flowers from their wedding day. They have shown the World how true love can last.
My Brother: Has blue material and bead sewn into his nest representing not only his own love for swimming but how he coaches others to enjoy it as much as him.
My Grandma's: Has buttons representing how she taught me a variety of crafts when I was younger including sewing, knitting, card making and canal boat painting. She is still the person I go to when I need help with crafts!
My Grandad: Has a pattern based on a golf ball pattern. His and my Grandma's trophies are always shown proudly in their house.
Finally my nest. My nest is completed full of beads. This represents the time spent and love for my art. Through childhood, my teenage years and as an adult art has consumed my life. Through teaching, looking at other's art work or creating my own, my World revolves around Art! And I know this is going to continue throughout my life.
I will leave you with some pictures of my work for now. Hope you have all enjoyed this rather long blog post and are having an amazing New Year ! Talk soon :-)
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com