That's quite a while ago.
Leading up to the art fair in 2019, my artist-in-crime friend and I drove ourselves hard to be both organisers and participators of the event and right up to the last minute we pushed on, until the Friday of the setup when we, through gritted teeth, agreed 'no more'.
So we closed the event, after three years, we were burnt out.
I am not good at following patterns, it is not that I don't understand them, it's more that I.don't.read.them.and.just.wing.it......... I rely on them to inspire me rather than instruct me - which leads to a singularly bespoke item (interpret this as you will but the gist is - each thing I make can not be replicated - coz I just would not be able to do it!)
I have even laid down my crochet hook (the last item I made was a hexi-lapghan and even that took longer than it should) in preference to the simple rhythmic dip, pull, slide of sewing simple circular boro inspired stitches purely for the enjoyment of the act and the pleasure of the finished piece.Japanese boro stitching was part of the recycling of fabric to allow every last scrap to be used and to be useful.
This philosophy centres around the Japanese belief of 'Mottaini' of wasting nothing of the intrinsic value of an object.
I love the simplicity of the circular motion and I love when I overlap the pattern and the stitches cross over and into each other. That to me is where the magic is.
The motion of my hand, the simple repetition of plying the needle and thread, are all good mindful 'clear the head' actions.
Have a good weekend, filled with gentle crafting to feed your soul xxx