Hi, I am Cy (short for Cyra).
I live near Auckland in New Zealand.
I mostly work in mixed-media textiles and paintings, combining whatever techniques will give me the effect and textures that I am looking for.
My style at the moment is modern/contemporary, but in textiles I love to add a twist of traditional style too. I learned many types of stitching by watching my seamstress mother in her sewing occupation. I soon found that when practicing these techniques for myself that I was most happy when breaking the rules. Rules are there for breaking, right!
I also learned the foundations of quilting and designing in a year long City & Guilds course in the UK. That was a real eye-opener and allowed me to explore my creative side. I have not stopped exploring since, although I have changed direction a couple of times, my most recent adventures being in yarn, thread and fleece.
For the challenge, I am joining in both the TAST and the CQJP. Both these challenges complement each other and I shall be using some of the stitches as embellishment on a CQ wall hanging in a particular colour scheme that I have never used before (that is an extra challenge to myself). I also envisage using the TAST challenge stitches on another piece that will, hopefully, satisfy my “free form” and mixed media yearning. I am, predominantly, a hand-stitcher by choice, so I can see these challenges taking up quite a bit of my time.
I have taken early retirement from my occupation as a paint and home decorating advisor, and I now enjoy spending more time at home on our hobby-farm, enjoying the good life with my DH, 2 sons (both Uni students) 3 dogs and a collection of waifs, strays and wildlife.
I look forward to taking this journey with you all (and sharing the high’s and low’s) as we discover exactly what we have let ourselves in for.