It was August 2016 when I found them on the side of the road. They were grungy, smelly and in some major need of Kymspiration. But just look at their beauty and potential…
It would be the start of 2017 before they were stripped back to their raw state and here they would sit and wait. Oh so patiently they would sit and wait.
Fabric was playing hide and seek with me. Would we dress them this way or that way? Even working for an upholsterer with metres and metres of fabric dancing under my eyes didn’t bring me the joy I was seeking. And then I discovered the forbidden corner and nothing could compare to the beauty of this print. How could the right side and the wrong side be so perfect? Ah!
And then much to my surprise and delight, the cushion covers came together perfectly on the first go! It must’ve been all those years of practice finally paying off. Either that or I was in my genius flow and guided by love. Probably both. But as they started to come together, a new awareness formed …
Yes they are living entities! And they are speaking. And they are telling me a story of how they will fulfil their purpose with me. We will work together.
At the beginning of 2019, chairmates.club formed. And here we are! My chairmates now grace my header, overseeing all that is contained within. I’m still piecing it all together, building upon the past and dreaming the future into each now moment. I’m so honoured to have you here.
May your body be seated comfortably and your mind be ready for some Kymspiration. Even I’m not sure where we will go but I know it will contain elements of the sacred, play and colour.
Do you find that when you create something? You plan for it to be a certain way and then suddenly a few road blocks greet you and you find yourself on another path completely different than the one you set out on? More often than not, this happens with my projects. I’ve learnt (for the most part) to go with it because it leads to such a pleasing place. This master craft worked exactly that way.
My confidence was high after completing the chairs for my daughters class and I had an inspired idea to fashion the black and white pieces of my old clothes which I had cut up and were ready to go. I originally planned to make a quilt but suddenly a new way forward became clear … I would make covers for my own chairs that had been sitting around for over a year, patiently waiting for me.
I was in communication with these pieces of fabric. We discussed how they should be joined together to best compliment each other and be soothing to my eyes. And just when I thought I was ready to start stitching, I saw this piece of furniture sitting on the side of the road.
Oh yeah baby, come to mama. You delicious foot stool are most welcome to my family and you have many others of your kind to hang with. Come play and let me dress you up in my love. You are what I didn’t know I needed.
So, as you see, I got my stitch on and transformed my old clothes and a would be piece of trash into something that just warms my heart and fills me with joy. It couldn’t have come together more perfectly if I tried.
So next time you are on a path that isn’t quite coming together in the most beautiful and natural way, I challenge you to stop and open yourself to the possibility that something better is coming in its place and then watch for the signs as you are led onto a new path. It may just turn out better than your original plan.