As you read this post  perhaps you would immerse yourself in my days accompaniment in the form of the haunting tones of Maeve MacKinnon. Go on – click that link and then carry on reading as it plays.

You see, my experience in the studio is as much affected by what I’m listening to as that which I’m making. The two flavours entwined in a stimulating, creative soup, this one had a Gaelic (n0 not garlic) flavour.

This morning I attended to the head, and quite a large one at that creating a slate coloured beret for a far flung customer:

Cut pieces
Sewing random dots.
while Buzz slept under the table in a stupor of song and furtively scouted dog biscuits from the shed.
The Beret complete,
and its lining of course.
and when its on it looks a lot like this. (modelled by the gorgeous Tamsin).
Here's some pebbles purely to delight the eye, nothing to do with today's enterprise.

I then focused on the “Sloe” commission with a sketch and some fabric samples. More preparation needed to achieve the right look for the customer but I’ll get there.

Sketching some sort of abstraction
and then moving swiftly on to fabric
...and fabric with printed circles.

More exploration needed me thinks. Tomorrow beckons. On no…not for fabric it doesn’t,I’ve got to cement the barn with Yorick and the lads. Something tells me I’ll have to forgo the haunting Gaelic melodies for radio one or even OBAN FM –  Eeeek!

Incidentally, Maeve MacKinnon will be playing a candlelit supper at Lismore Hall on Wednesday 31st August. Why don’t you come and see it, eat some great grub and experience a touch of island revelry.

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Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

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