I was not interested in sewing at all. My emphasis was Interior Design and Child Development. I still feel child dev should be a required course in High School, side by side with sex ed. I think if folks understood what a child is capable at each age/stage, there would be less child abuse.
When I got my different teaching positions, I attempted to change the mind dulling experience of Home Ec into a more stimulating experience.
Examples. For a sewing class- the students designed their own pillows, created the patterns and made them. It turned out like soft sculptures- from letter pillows, pencils and odd items. Boys too!
Another time in Basic Cooking. We were discussing how what you see affects the pleasure of the meal i:e presentation.
So I evolved into quilting in the early 70's with the same approach. Use any fabrics and machine quilt. Then I moved to NH where I was told this was 'wrong'. I should use cotton and hand stitch so many to the inch. Unfortunately I listened. Drat.
So I learned to match my corners, miter borders till I grew bored and moved on.
|Jonathan's Dream 1985|
|detail- all hand appliquéd and quilted|
When the digital camera, and personal computers came into existence, I embraced photography ( an old love ) on cloth and ran with it.