NEW TEXTILE BOOK

Double Ocho hat

The architecture of a fibre is like that of the DNA this shows reflective and experiential process in tension,

NEW TEXTILE BOOK

Just produced a book which is an inspirational story of how creativity can help you rise above the everday problems of life.   Attached is a picture of my front cover, my story is told through my hats.  http://www.2QT.co.uk/blog or http://www.toneredgar.com go to the about page to purchase the book.

ANU textiles project

I chose to approach the concept of nets by experimenting with a technique I learnt in Canada as a child. I became interested in dreamcatchers, their history and the ways to weave them. I was reminded of this as we were learning netting techniques in class and realised that they weren’t very different from weaving dreamcatchers. I have been working with unconventional materials such as wire, CD’s, bracelets and crockery to impose a contemporary context to a traditional craft. My love for Native American culture fuelled my interest in dreamcatchers, and I aim to push the concept further to incorporate the idea of the ‘modern dream’; the supposed formula for a full and happy life in our society. I plan to do this by looking at weaving in objects that make up this formula – a house, car, money, and family etc. into the woven web of the dreamcatcher so that it acts as a net to catch these dreams. I plan to have a series of dreamcatchers made of different materials as mentioned, surrounded by some larger dreamcatchers holding these ‘modern dreams’.

loosening the knots

I have been contemplating “loosening the knots” and “untying the knots”-perhaps the knots making up the fishing net.
In yoga theory, there are 3 knots(granthis)which tie us to this earthly existence-with all its limitations. Many of the yoga practices work on untying these psychic knots -to allow an unblocking of energy to take place and eventually self realisation.
I guess even the physical practices, work to free the muscles from knots.Certainly I am aware of how swimming frees the feeling ,both physical and mental, of being “knotted”.You become one with the flow of water.

net bowls

Memory is personal and unique to each of us. It is our own interpretation and recollection, a sensation sometimes so fleeting that we cannot find words to name it a vague feeling, a trace of something we know but cannot touch, hidden under semi-transparent layers, distorted. . . . . . . . . .

I like to believe that my net bowls are filters that can capture and preserve precious snippets of memory – not lots of detail, but more a warmth that links our past and present.

Here are a few images of my ceramic knitting bowls. I’ve been playing with ways of displaying them, but think I’ll go with elevated glass on a long low plinth to incorporate the shadows and reflections.

Brain Nets

Here are another couple of drawings about brain networks and the emergence of self. These are twice the size of the ones I posted earlier – still no titles, though.

Self Emergence

I am interested in the nature of self, particularly the extraordinary transformation from the objective physical world of neurones and synapses to our subjective experience of thought and feeling, perception and memory.

The brain is a dynamic mobile network, and self and consciousness arise from the ceaseless interactions of billions of neurones. I’m using observational drawings of bird netting to suggest this surprising emergence of our sense of self.

There are 25 of these small drawings: I haven’t yet decided on a title.

Mog1

mog 2

mog 3