It’s our Embroiderers’ Guild AGM this weekend so the Travelling Books will resume their creative journeys. It occurred to me that I hadn’t shared the pages that other members had added to my sea-themed book and it was probably time to photograph them before the book set out again! This is Elaine’s double spread; the first one to be added after my sea glass.
She called it ‘A Sea of Buttons’ and I love the bold textural treatment of those sandy North Sea waves.
Vintage buttons have a real place in my heart too.
I love the inspiration pages as much as the textile responses – it’s fascinating to see the how and why of the emergence of the art work. To me they are inseparable. Without a raison d’etre the textile work is no less beautiful but it has no depth and less interest.
The inspiration picture obviously held wonderful memories for Elaine and that delight transfers to her piece. There’s something very special in being allowed a glimpse of someone else’s back story and her obvious pleasure in the piece she created for my book makes me smile every time I open it.