Creating digital textile images via contemporary digital printing technology empowers me to make my own art cloth designs. Looking through the lens of my cellphone along with a gentle click of the finger, I am able to create a narrative of places, people and things I find interesting.
The ability to bring my vision to “life” from start to finish elevates my importance as a designer and a consumer. Utilizing new skills, which by the way, I’ve been taking classes using Photoshop Elements, supports my desire to create something special, a timeless unique piece of artwork. A symbiotic relationship develops between me and the image, I am emotionally attached to the cloth because it describes who I am.
Recently, I’ve been visiting my local thrift stores searching for vintage knitting magazines. The Coats & Clark’s Books along with Woman’s Day and Today’s Woman Knit-It, to name a few, offer an archival of knitting history. A record of fashion, yarn and knitting stitches with no name. Stitches described only by the relationship between the knitter, needles and yarn necessary to achieve the stitch. Is it necessary to assign a “name” to people, place or things? Is the stitch any less important without a name? For me, it’s about the visual appearance and integrity of the stitch.