Saturday, 17 March 2012


Alas, my 1.5 TB hard drive has gone, irretrievable and each day I discover important files that are no longer there, designs, especially those about to be printed for products, gone.  Alas, there was so much information on that drive, so much work and it is disheartening to have to start again. 
However, on the positive side, each day I discover something tucked away in a file within a file, designs that I thought I had lost.

It has made me return to my studio, to working hands-on and I am so excited about that.  I may finally create my Art Deco inspired designs.  I may return to exploring the 'Zen' work, i.e. working directly on to the silk in meditation to see where that leads me.

Digital designing is magical.  Screen printing could never produce the unlimited colours of digital prints.  But, if one is creative, it has to be an interaction, working from drawings or imagery one has created by hand otherwise it becomes a computer exercise.  I love being in touch with my work, gathering source material and squirrelling it away.  I love working in my studio, experimenting with mixing dye pastes, steaming at different stages to get different effects.  I am still inspired by the simple geometry of the road tanker, Japanese design and the simplicity of asymmetric pattern where space is vital, the balance of a shape within a shape.  I find this difficult digitally and I find myself creating the very all over patterns I dislike.  However, putting what I call my 'Zens' into the computer is fascinating.  I need a new project though.
Long scarf idea using drawn imagery.

Blue Star - another long scarf idea.
'Butterfly'.  Idea which could turn into anything.  Its fun exploring.

Watch this space!!!!!  Must make time for the blog.

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Saturday, 14 January 2012


I am kicking myself, I really am.  It is almost 2 months since I took my 1.5 TB drive in to P.C. World to see if the designs lost can be recovered, and still I have heard nothing.  Waiting every day to hear something positive and hearing nothing is awful.  Meanwhile, I have been through the images I have and am shocked at just how minimal they are - not a lot!.  I have lost source material, finished designs, hundreds of them.  If only I had sent a collection for print.  I have lost novels, short stories, poems, photographs, all of the last years work from my M.A. and the15 months' work created since.

The sooner I move on the better. At least I am clear of the bugs and full of enthusiasm.  Go, go, go gal!!!!!