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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, 2016
I promised my mum I would take her to see this exhibition held in Tel Aviv, so we made the trip this week. I had been before and it is always stunning but what I did not remember was that this event comes from, and is sponsored by, the National History Museum, London.
The mission of the National History Museum is to "change and challenge the way people think about the natural worlds, it's past, present and future, by exploring themes such as evolution, biodiversity and sustainability."
Proceeds from the exhibition supports the work of the 300 research scientists and the care of the Museum's collection of 80 million specimens based in London.
So how amazing is that?
In April I was fortunate to have had a touring holiday in Portugal. Arraiolas one of the small towns near Lisbon was particularly interesting. It is famous for its rug production which dates back to the seventeenth century or even earlier.
What fascinated me was that these large rugs were, and still are produced by hand. They use naturally dyed wool and hand stitch onto canvas creating wonderful patterns.
I visited a museum where they have on display a wonderful array of large rugs. In one of the rooms a woman was busy making a small rug. I was amazed to see that she used an embroidery stitch with a needle to create the intricate patterns. After watching her carefully I discovered she was using a long arm cross stitch. I took a close up photo and hope you can see the stitches.
It is incredible that these large rugs, more like carpets, are made in this way. The method is so labour intensive but the final result is fantastic.
Inspiration, how do you get it? Words flood into my mind… nature around me, exhibitions of other artists, pictures in magazines, photographs, personal experiences, feelings, materials collected, found objects, workshops, and experimentation. I could go on…ideas accumulate, swirling, intertwining, knitting together to be used one day, or not… I often have the problem of having too many ideas and then deciding which direction to take.
However, something that I came across recently that I was told about by someone at University College Suffolk called ‘Pop My Mind’ caught my interest …
On their website this is how they describe the idea…
Explore Pop My Mind for creative content and seeded themes to spark your next artistic idea.
Create and upload images, video, audio or text in response to content that you find interesting.
Your creativity earns a POP each time it inspires the creation of a new piece of content.
Watch your creativity trigger dynamic new content throughout the community.
I thought it an original idea and decided I’d give it a try. Responding to a painting called ‘Wave’ by Sarah Tappenden I used fabric with some applique, beading, couching and hand stitching to make my textile piece.
‘Wave’ by Sarah Tappenden inspired by the emotion joy.
And my response…
Take a look and see if you are inspired to respond. http://www.popmymind.com/howdoesitwork