Thursday, October 23

The patchwork tunic

 The first garment I've made - all natural dyed pieces of cotton fabric. Dyed with rust and tea in my kitchen. Then pieced together by hand.
This is the front of the garment.
The patches overlapped each other along the edges and I stitched through both layers with chain stitch.
 The back of the garment.
Detail of the rust and tea dye. 
I spent time with my family last week and got to photograph the patchwork tunic in my mother's lush tropical garden.
I'm planning a small collection of hand stitched and natural dyed garments. I hope to find a gallery which will be interested in showing.

Happy Diwali to all those celebrating. Wishing everyone an abundance of health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.  

Thursday, October 16

White - Roy G Biv 2014

It's that time of the month when Roy G Biv rolls around and this month its white that's being showcased.
Thermocol packaging stacked against a wall.
Stairway to heaven. A little shrine on the way to our home in the Nilgiris. Built on a large rocky outcrop the stairs are painted white and the artist must have imagined the rock to be the night sky because there are stars painted at random on the black granite.  
Bringing in the catch. On Bandar beach in Andhra Pradesh.
In South India rice is the staple food and rice is the basic ingredient for a number of typical south indian dishes. In the picture above taken in One Town, Vijayawada, a man is frying the snack, Punagulu. One large container holds the white rice batter. A wok holds hot oil into which he puts small quantities of batter which are fried until a pale cream. Then they are removed from the hot oil with the large sieve like spoon resting in the battered looking colander like container. The Punagulu are fried a second time to make them crisp and irresistible. 
White bougainvillea.
To finish off I have a picture of a chocolate dessert platter which I really enjoyed.

Julie and Jennifer will have links on their blogs which will take you on a discovery of white.

Two colours to go before the end of the year. You could decide to play along in which case
November 20 will showcase Brown and
December 18 will be Blogger's Choice.

Sunday, October 12

English Tamil Slang q to z

I've finished stitching the entire alphabet with sequins on paper.

Now to start assembling them into a book.
I was thinking of a flag book. Must work things out.
 In my last post about English Tamil Slang we'd got as far as p. Onward to q.

q - quarter cutting - phrase - 180 ml of any alcoholic beverage . The smallest quantity of bottled alcohol available for sale.

r - reel - comes from the era when movies came recorded on reels in Tamil slang it refers to an improbable story garnished with juicy bits and pieces to enhance the story.

s - scene -  to show-off, act pricey

t - tension party -  someone who gets annoyed easily or becomes tense easily.

Haven't found any gems for u, v, w, x, y and z still listening to Tamil conversations to find them.

Have a good week.


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Friday, October 3

Textile Art around the world.



I've had the hardest time ever, waiting for the right moment for this announcement.
Very excited to announce that my work has been included in the publication Textile Art around the world.
Textile Art is the latest book from the publishers Textile-link in the Netherlands and will appear at the end of October. 
This book is available for pre order. Order before 20th October and get an introductory discount.
Price: Euro 29.50
Discounted price if ordered before 20th October : Euro 25.00 

Click here to view sample pages from the book and place your orders. 

To all the readers of this blog in India - Happy Dussehra. 

Monday, September 22

Around the World Blog Hop



Sue tagged me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop.
Here goes, let me plunge in and try and answer the four questions this blog hop poses to its participants
1.How does my writing/creating process, work?
2.. What am I working on?
3. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
4. Why do I write/create what I do?
 At present I'm working on this silk cotton scarf. Free form discharge motifs outlined with blanket stitch. Its a work in progress. For the moment I'm calling it Weathering.
How does my work differ from others of this genre? What genre would that be - scarves or the embroidery? I like to think it's a personal signature of mine, this combining of discharge and blanket stitch. I've used this technique before on scarves I've made. Go with the Flow and Lichen are some examples.  
Why do I write/create what I do?
Embroidery has become my primary form of expression and therefore if there's something I want to express it's embroidery I turn to. I'm still learning and exploring and the experiments are helping me develop a style of my own.
My blog and the interaction it provides with people all over the world is also an important reason why I continue to do what I do.

How does my writing/creating process, work?
The process I follow is intuitive. There are periods when a piece of work is put aside to marinate before it is picked up and worked on. One such WIP is this patchwork project which i'm going to pick up again and work on very soon.

The blog hop asks of its participants to pass on the baton to keep the hop going. I'm going to direct you to the blogs of two people who's work I find inspiring.
Sharmond in Kentucky who creates great mixed media collages.Some of them have embroidery as well and Gwen in New Brunswick who creates jewellery, makes the most amazing quilts and she and her partner renovate and build houses too.
They should post about the blog hop on their blogs on the 29th of September.
If you would like to participate in the blog hop and you haven't been invited as yet please consider this as my personal invitation. Leave a comment on this post and I'll get back to you with the rules.

Have a great week.

Thursday, September 18

Black - Roy G Biv 2014



Great bag with a fantastic representation of Bob Marley. 
The timings at a very popular restaurant in the neighbourhood called Hole in the Wall.
Assignment  given to my students to explore positive and negative shapes using tessellations inspired by M. C. Escher's work. I liked this one.                                                   
Mille Fleur is another of my embroidered scarves.
                                                   
Lichen - a black cotton silk scarf with discharge and hand embroidery.
By the way both scarves are available for sale. Drop me a line if you would like to know more.

Had to go into my archives for the pictures of black this month.I've also discovered that black and white go hand in hand and aren't far from each other.

Pop over to Julie and Jennifer's blogs to see what everybody has found that's black.
If you're considering joining in there are three colours until the end of the year
October 16 : White
November 20 : Brown
December 18 : Blogger's Choice

Thursday, August 28

English Tamil Slang - m, n, o, p


m, n, o, and p in the English Tamil slang book which I'm creating for A Letter a Week.

m - matter - shady secretive topic of conversation. Could be something underhand or of a sexual nature.

n - non-veg - short form of non vegetarian but also carries the implication of something shady and sexual. So jokes with sexual overtones are termed non-veg jokes!

o - over - excessive, over the top.

p - peter - someone who speaks in English and feigns no knowledge of any Indian language.

If you would like to know the English Tamil slang words associated with the alphabets from a to l click here, here and here.



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