Dear Readers, Today I want to talk a little about my latest research project that I have set for myself. It is still very much in it’s infancy so it may develop more direction as I go along. Recently I was watching this episode by Skeindeer knits. I have tried to set it so that … Continue reading Knitting Research : South African Heritage
Art and reflections
What is art and can you call yourself an artist?
Many people ask: What is art? When I was studying art we spoke about high art and low art. I think it was a highbrow or snobbish way of thinking and people believed that only high art mattered. Low art included crafters and hobbyists. Even nowadays there are people who talk about insider art and … Continue reading What is art and can you call yourself an artist?
A Longing to Answer the Call within Us
This is a little metaphoric story of a longing for meaning or purpose. I wrote it for a group of writing friends last week. I chose a painting of Vincent van Gogh as my prompt; he has been one of my favorite artists since a young girl. We had several copies of his paintings in … Continue reading A Longing to Answer the Call within Us
Feedback About My Course I am Attending: Part Two
For the first two weeks we explored our image we chose as our symbol. Mine, as you may recall, was the butterfly wings and the metamorphosis cycle. It was mostly using one's intellect in researching meaning, ontology and considering how it could speak to us. We also were given questions to consider about what we … Continue reading Feedback About My Course I am Attending: Part Two
Balance and Harmony
This post is my attempt at creating balance and harmony in the way I live. Some people refer to the state of creating balance as “a balancing act,” I myself have used this term but I don’t like it as it is far from an act for me. I don’t really think that “acting” gets … Continue reading Balance and Harmony
A New Hobby: I am hooked.
The lineage of using fiber in our family It has been a joy watching my daughter developing her yarn and fabric crafts the way she has over the years. She started with tatting and lace making and went on to sew, crochet and knit; hence taking after my parents. My mother knitted garments and toys … Continue reading A New Hobby: I am hooked.
Our autumn here is gentle and temperate, a wonderful relief from the hot summer days. Just as it is a time for summer leaves to fall and be incorporated into the soil again I have worked on two W.I.Ps that I started in summer. W.I.P. Sunflowers and Roses I took my time finding the correct … Continue reading Finished W.I.Ps
The Artist’s Journey: Expanding the layering technique.
To recap from my post last week, when I layer I start with the lightest or luminous shades first to that the light shades glow through. Neon colours work well: Yellows give it a warm feel whereas light blues will give it a cooler affect. In this image below I have tried to depict how … Continue reading The Artist’s Journey: Expanding the layering technique.
W.I.P: Layering and Choice
Crocheted cut off gloves, 2021, M Noffke.Crocheted cut off gloves, 2021, M Noffke. (Elliementalist Pattern) 1) Finished W.I.P: Cut off gloves This was actually my second crochet project. The idea was to practice the turns and create a product that is neat. My first product was a tea cosy which came out very wiggly. I … Continue reading W.I.P: Layering and Choice
Artist’s Journey: different ways of making marks.
Different ways of making marks by the same person. Different types of making marks can be achieved by using different types of art materials. In the first collection we see rubbings made by using leaves and bark that have given the patterns by rubbing wax crayon or pencil over the objects. This is typically an … Continue reading Artist’s Journey: different ways of making marks.