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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Thursday, August 21

Pink - Roy G Biv 2014

                
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Sweet Sakura tea was served to me by a friend who visited Japan. What a fantastic sensory treat. The delicate sakura petals which unfurl when hot water is poured into the cup are such a pretty sight.
                 
Letter boxes on a door in Hong Kong.
Trishuls at a wayside shrine in the Nilgiris decorated with lemons and pink flowers. 
Pink thread and nails make a creative sign board at Soul Sunday Sante.
Fruit for sale on a fruit cart in Coimbatore.The blackish purple fruit arranged in the basket with shiny pink foil is Jamun. Its available for a short time once the monsoon showers begin in India in the month of June. 
 A rose in full bloom. Love the fact I managed to capture the bee.

You can begin discovering pink on some of the blogs in my side bar but to discover the entire trail check out  Jennifer and Julie's blogs.
Maybe you'd like to join in next month.
Here's a list of what we'll be looking for in the months to come.
September 18: Black
October 16: White
November 20: Brown
December 18: Blogger's Choice

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Sunday, August 10

Applique on the Cycle rickshaws of Vijayawada


Cycle rickshaws still ply on the streets of Vijayawada and the tarpaulin canopy of the rickshaw has colourful machine appliqued motifs.   
Rickshaws lined up on the side of the road under the shade of trees during the hot afternoon.
 Worn and weathered applique.

Detail of the applique done with coloured and gold plastic pieces which are stitched onto the tarpaulin with a sewing machine.  
 Brand new applique work on a rickshaw in One Town in Vijayawada. One Town is the old town in Vijayawada which has the wholesale market. Narrow lanes filled with jostling pedestrians and smaller vehicles like rickshaws,cycles, motorbikes and handcarts.It's the throbbing heart of the city.
The horse and helicopter are popular motifs along with flowers, initials and names.
Detail of the helicopter.
It's wonderful to discover that folk art is alive and well in smaller towns and cities like Vijayawada. The noodle carts of Vijayawada are another example of charming folk art. Click here to view them.

It's been quiet here for two long weeks but I'm back now, life just got hectic.
Wishing everyone a great week ahead.

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Thursday, July 24

Look what came in the mail

 I won this beautiful little bag with a little wire closure made by Jackie in the giveaway she had to celebrate 300 posts on her blog.
Detail of the upholstery fabric and embroidery.
The giveaway came about in an interesting manner. Read how events and people have a way of getting linked here.

Thursday, July 17

Violet - Roy G Biv 2014

 St. Anthony's Church, Coonoor all lit up for the feast of St.Anthony I think.
A Jacaranda tree in bloom in Coonoor.
Fruit seller on the street in Bangalore.          
Morning Glory.
A purple house in my neighbourhood. Purple houses dot the landscape and you can read more about this trend here
Lacquered bangles from Chennapatna.  

Violet was discovered in both the natural and manmade world this month. 
Julie and Jennifer will have a list of participants this month and you can go on a blog hop to discover the violets each participant has discovered.
Roy G Biv doesn't end with Violet, Julie and Jennifer has extended the fun until the end of the year
August 21: Pink
September 18: Black
October 16: White
November 20: Brown
December 18: Blogger's Choice 
So here's your chance to join in the fun and keep a look out for Pink, Black, White and Brown in the coming months.

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