Jennifer Clouston is an author, artist and tutor of Textile Arts and Embroidery. Jennifer's trademark is a modern and playful take on traditional embroidery. This has provided inspiration for both her classes and her published books, Foolproof Crazy Quilting and Foolproof Crazy Quilt Projects.
We asked Jennifer to introduce herself to our viewers and give us a summary of her Artist Journey, what inspires her and to share how she uses Colour Streams Textiles in her work.
Author, tutor, designer and fanatic of all things hand stitched: embroidery, quilting, hand piecing and slow stitching. Freeform embroidery and crazy quilting being my first love.
I was very fortunate to grow up in South Africa. Her colours, landscapes, people, and many cultures formed an incredible background to my childhood. My wonderful grandmother taught me the joy of creating: not for an end result, but simply relishing in the process. To me, it is in the “doing” that is important, not the having.
To many the word embroidery evokes visions of patterns and colour palette chosen and designed by others, a paint by numbers approach.
For me, embroidery means a blank page, discovery and the simple enjoyment of pulling needle and thread through fabric!
My process is not linear: it meanders, it goes off the beaten path, it reflects my moods, creative flow and what materials I have at my disposal. In fact, if I can see the end result of the project before I begin, I lose interest immediately.
I am not so much inspired as I am driven to create; it is what I need to do; creating organically and free from expectations.
Colour is a HUGE inspiration for me. It is where I begin. If we do not have a great colour palette then we have nothing (in my opinion).
I have a “start where you are and use what you have approach to my stitching’- this includes my materials and my skills.
I use Colour Streams Textiles extensively in my work. As previously mentioned, I grew up in Africa, and colour is a massive part of my creative process. Colour Streams is all about colour, fabric, textiles, beads, sequins – be still my beating heart!
Everything that I need and want in one place.
Firstly, I need to say that the colours, quality and range is a creative’s dream. What is there not to like?
I LOVE COLOUR STREAMS!
Jennifer Clouston's Embroidery Publications
Embroidered Clutch Bag for Special Bride
Jennifer Clouston's wool stitching
Wool Embroidery over Men's suit fabric
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