As I was contemplating sketchbook artists to approach for my Sketchbook Conversations series, Jenny's stitched sketchbook crossed my mind and I knew I would want to include her in this conversation. I'm so glad to have her here today.
I'll let Jenny take it from here.
I'm Jenny and I am an artist and designer. I sell modern embroidery kits and patterns that are colour infused and inspired by nature.
If I was to tell you when I started to keep a sketchbook I would probably say just in the last few years..... truth is I've kept one for most of my life...except I called it my notebook!
How funny that by just changing one word a simple object can go from being a friendly companion to something that is fearsome and intimidating, but that's how it was for me with the idea of a 'sketchbook' and what I felt was expected from it. (I know I'm not alone!).
It was only after several years down the line of 'outing' myself as an artist that I understood sketchbook/notebook/scribbles on scrap/pinterestboard.. it's all the same thing.
Gathering,exploring,expressing,collecting (inspiration), and most importantly to me, playing!
So you'll find everything in my 'sketchbooks' from splodges and messy doodles, scribbled ideas to detailed finished pieces. I often make my own 'sketch book' using all sorts of paper for the pages (the perfect remedy for blank white page syndrome!) and many different mediums to fill the pages.
It's my 'safe' place to go without expectation or need for perfection. I sometimes find a little drawing that has snuck into the pages by one of my girls which makes me smile no end!
Working as a full time artist can make it harder to create just for the sake of creating, so my 'sketchbook' invites me to create without agenda.
This definitely helps keep the well of ideas full, and undoubtedly sparks ideas that can be used in the business side.
My love of embroidery and sewing has brought a new dimension where I've merged the 2 ideas to create 'stitchbooks'..... the perfect place to play with stitches!
Thank you, Jenny for sharing your story and your sketchbooks with us today.
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And if you're an artist who works in sketchbooks and would like to be featured, please contact me and I'll send you the details.
*Photos in this post © Jenny Blair. Used with permission.