Kim Maracle

lizz detail

 Lizz  portrait  detail, 27cm W x 22cm H,  drawn on muslin, hand painted with fabric dyes and watercolours, embroidered with black thread


I feel as though I have always been an artist in some way. As a young person I was always working on projects for gifts and for fun. I am also a hairstylist; who is an artist working with clients on their own personal hair design. Going back to school has brought out another part of the artist in me. Having just recently graduated from Sheridan College's Textile Craft and Design program I felt that I needed to take stock of the work I did in these last three years. I wanted to see how I came to design and organize my thought process and what my passions are. Although I feel confident with many of the new techniques I have learned I will be continuing my studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto this fall.

Scrumble pin

Scrumble Pin #1, approximately 15cm x 12cm, crochet and knit stitches. variety of cotton, acrylic and natural wools.

 I have always loved to crochet and have found that I am just now realizing the potential that I in this medium. Freestyle crochet and knitting have opened up a whole new realm for me and I find my eye drawn to the textures in pictures, architecture and nature and wondering how I could recreate them with stitch and colour. I have found inspiration in a variety of things; curly hair, snails, eyelashes or how light emanates. I hope to make larger art pieces but recently I have been working on smaller art pieces of freestyle crochet and knit items (also known as scrumbling) that I have made brooches. They are fun, whimsical, colourful and are various sizes depending on where I want to finish. I like to make pieces that are tactile as well as visual so I use a variety of wools and acrylics to make as much texture as I possibly with some beading and embroidery thrown in for good measure

scrumble pin 2

  Scrumble Pin #2, approximately 15cm x 12cm, crochet and knit stitches. variety of cotton, acrylic and natural wools.

 The second area that I love is embroidery. For our class exhibition this summer I took photos of my classmates, then transferred the images to fabric, painted them, lastly I embroidered the details with black thread for a more dramatic effect. I like this kind of production or commission work because it allows me to personalize a project and to use my imagination in as many ways as I can. This gallery piece allowed me to use many of the new found skills I had from school and apply them to something that I loved to do. Working in a small scale is a great beginning to allow for a variety of ideas to be worked on. My designs can be made larger, or more intricate as my confidence and abilities grow. The design aspect of what I do is so important because many people who buy handmade items now ask questions about our process. It is an asset to be able to talk about the inspiration, explain the process with a sketchbook as well as having a finished item in hand. From this there is an appreciation of how much of ourselves we put into our work, not just time and supplies.

   As a textile artist now I am just beginning to appreciate my school and studies and what they will help me to do in the future. The art of manipulation never felt so good.

lizz

     Lizz  portrait, 27cm W x 22cm H,  drawn on muslin, hand painted with fabric dyes and watercolours, embroidered with black thread

Blayne
 Blayne's portrait is 22cm H x 27cm W. drawn on muslin, hand painted with fabric dyes and watercolours, embroidered with black thread