KOA Press

The Untamed Thread

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The story of Fleur Wood's journey from corporate world to creative life woven with generous doses of the practical ways you can bring more creativity into your own life. Taking cues from the natural world we wander through Fleur’s contemporary fiber art practice to encourage and support you to find your own creative path. With beautiful imagery showcasing Fleur’s enchanting stitch work and the surrounding landscape, this is a creative guide that invites you into her art studio based in rural New Zealand. Her practice is as untamed as the New Zealand landscape that inspires her, free of rules, guided by intuition and joy in the process.

Together we explore color, texture, flora, textiles and stitch alongside the magic moments, happy accidents, perfect coincidences and ridiculous randomness of the creative process. Chapters include Fleur's inspiring backstory, through to inspiration she takes from nature to create her art, to more practical chapters showcasing her favorite stitches, steps on fabric dyeing, and advice on threads, needles and fabrics to use. Embracing the slow, contemplative nature of stitch we can reconnect our creative spirits to reimagine embroidery as a contemporary tool for mark making.

This book wraps you in a warm blanket of nostalgia, grounds you in nature and inspires your senses to allow you to travel down your own creative path gathering all the precious little details meant for you along the way.