This was something which I began working on last Winter, while it was still very cold and damp and there were no signs of new life yet in the garden. I worked on it on and off until it was finished in June. I wanted to express the feelings of loss and longing which are sometimes hard to suppress…like longing for sunshine and bright flowers through dark winter days, and loss for loved ones, which fades but never entirely leaves you.
The envelope was made from silk and all the embroidery was done on the envelope after it was made, which is probably not the easiest way to work. I like the shape of the open envelope, which looks a bit like a little house for storing words in.
Although I was pleased with the end result, I didn’t feel like blogging about it at the time because it felt quite personal. It did feel genuinely ‘mine’, which was very important at the time because I’d lost my creative mojo to a certain extent. Now that a few months have passed I can be a bit more detached about it.
Another reason I’ve finally got around to writing about this it that it brings me on to a new project I’m planning to work on (in addition to my purses etc) throughout this year – 100 envelopes. I would like to use this project as an opportunity to experiment and try out different techniques. My aim is to work on it most days, even if only for a short time and hopefully produce a couple of new pieces a week. It would really help build my confidence if I could complete a year long project as my staying power has never been too good…so here goes!
Are you planning any new projects for this year? I’d love to hear about them.