'Griccia' è un termine usato dagli antichi tessitori della seta del xiv e xv secolo, indicante un fregio a sviluppo in genere verticale, come un tronco che sostiene elementi decorativi come l'ananas, la pigna e il melograno.

lunedì 20 febbraio 2012

Lunedì - ‘Monday’

Il lunedì mattina mi sembra di stare davanti ad una tela bianca: la settimana è all’inizio e a parte certi impegni ricorrenti od inderogabili, sono padrona del mio tempo: tutto è possibile. Quando poi la domenica sera faccio l’inevitabile bilancio, sono soddisfatta se vedo che ho concluso parecchio, sbrigando facende noiose che sarei predisposta a procrastinare. Come ha detto giustamente una mia amica pochi giorni fa: le nostre giornate non sono ‘prove in costume’, quando sono passate sono perdute, e non abbiamo una seconda possibilità di riviverle in un modo migliore.

On Monday morning it seems to me to be standing in front of a white canvas: it is the beginning of the week and a part from some recurring or  binding engagements, I am the mistress of my time: everything is possible. When on Sunday evening I quite naturally take inventory of the past week, I am satisfied when I see that I have done much, getting through boring matters that I would be inclined to procrastinate. A friend of mine a short while ago said: our days are not ‘dress rehearsals’, when they are over they are gone forever, and we will not have the possibility of reliving them in a better way.


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Ultimamente vedo che non passa settimana senza che io abbia provato qualcosa di diverso, che si tratti di una nuova tecnica o di migliorare in qualche modo quello che già so fare. Internet è una miniera di informazioni e di ispirazione, ma non sarebbero sufficienti se non avessi in me la curiosità di provare, il desiderio di sperimentare, l’umiltà di mettermi in gioco.
Per esempio avrei voglia di sperimentare la stampa di foto su tessuto e poi aggiungere punti di ricamo, coma ha descritto la mia amica Ingrid in questo post. Mi piacerebbe provare con questa foto che raccoglie in sé l’essenza del Carnevale.

Lately I noticed that every week I try something different, either a new technique or by improving what I already know. Internet is a mine of information and inspirations, but these wouldn’t be enough if I hadn’t in me the curiosity to try, the wish to experiment, and the humility to give myself a challenge.
For instance I would like to try printing photographs on fabric and then adding stitches, as my friend Ingrid described in her post. Maybe starting with this picture that summarises the essence of Carnival.

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Ieri non trovavo certi miei guanti (ne ho tutta una collezione) e ho finalmente deciso che era arrivato il momento di riunirli tutti in un posto. Avevo solo una vecchia scatola da scarpe, piuttosto brutta. Due avanzi di stoffa, qualche cucitura, qualche parolaccia, e con un po’ di pazienza sono riuscita a fare questo (anche se sono ben lontana dalle scatole in Toile de Jouy ammirate lo scorso anno):

Yesterday I wasn’t able to locate some gloves (I own a full collection) and I finally decided that it was time to gather them all in one place. I only had a rather ugly old shoe box. A couple of fabric leftovers, some seams, a few curses, and with some patience I was able to make this (although it is a pale imitation of the Toile de Jouy boxes that I admired last year):


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La settimana si preannuncia grigia e piovosa.
The week is going to be grey and rainy.


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13 commenti:

  1. Printing photos onto fabric I would love to try that....must visit Ingrid's blog.

    Love the fabric covered box, what a great way to turn something plain and boring into something unique and interesting.

    The last photo is very special...grey and rainy sounds wonderful to me.
    Hope you manage to get some blue sky and sunshine during the week,

    Claire :}

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  2. Have a great week - only the weather will be grey and rainy, not you :-)

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  3. the weather might be gray and rainy but that image is magnificent. and i think your glove box is a great idea.

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  4. L'opera della tua amica mi piace molto e anche la tua scatola con quella bella fodera. Sono sicura che presto vedremo postata sul tuo blog la "coriandolata", proprio perchè tutte le idee che ti girano in testa le realizzi in men che non si dica. Buon carnevale.

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  5. but the river is no longer frozen! love your sun shiny optimism and the glove box is beautiful, you will appreciate it every time you need gloves.

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  6. Love that last photo - such a beautiful reflection. Grey weather is good for reflections (and reflection)!

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  7. You start with lovely Spring flowers and end with Autumn-ish colors. All in a short period of time, isn't that interesting? I like to see the result of your printing photographs on fabric with added stitches, will be a piece of art I think. Thanks for sharing the link. Hope you have a great week!

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  8. Cool box transformation! I've been toying with the idea of putting photos on fabric too, although I may never get to it. And every time you put up a photo of Florence, I want to jump up and down and say "Oh, I was there! I saw that!" I always enjoy stopping by!
    best, nadia

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  9. I love your description of Monday morning as a white canvas. So wonderful to feel that you are the mistress of your time: "everything is possible." I will have to work on that! Monday morning I usually feel that the slots are already penciled in...

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  10. Beautiful post Blandina! I love your thoughts about Monday. And I love how you said this: "Internet is a mine of information and inspirations, but these wouldn’t be enough if I hadn’t in me the curiosity to try, the wish to experiment, and the humility to give myself a challenge." That really resonated with me. Yes, taking in inspiration is great but it does take curiosity, experimenting and humility to actually let it affect your life.
    I love how the box came out, it is beautiful! And that photo of the bridge is stunning!

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  11. I know it is grey but your photo is still stunning and I long for the day that I get to travel abroad, one day. :)

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