Both of these pieces are about 6″ x 6″, maybe a little less. Neither of them are especially lovely, but to me they represent someone trying to achieve something – and are rather like early things I tried for myself without really beginning at the right point or having someone knowledgeable to show me how to really start.
In the first one the planning or layout is poorly done, even the central motif is odd and puzzling. It might not be meant to represent anything in particular, but like reading the stars or the tealeaves, one could read something into it.
The second one is interesting for the filling and the border, but the 60’s stylised flower is soooo heavy and inappropriate for the surrounding delicacy, IMHO. However at a cost of a peso or two only, I could afford to collect these as reminders of anti-design, if nothing else.
Someone recently asked me what I am going to do with all these little textile samples I collect. I don’t recall what I said exactly, but it would have included the thought that I don’t feel I have to do or make anything with them, they have a value to me just as they are. I wouldn’t want a whole tablecloth’s worth of most of them, and I do use the pieces that still have some practical value such as table mats, cloths and serviettes. Sometimes I come across some that have been ripped out of sample books, like these two, and wish they were still in amongst notes & teacher comments.