I have been gathering materials and tools for Part 2 of Textiles 1, Mixed Media which will explore joining and wrapping techniques. Today natural materials were on my mind and then I was seduced by photography. My collection of feathers, shells and pieces of bark, the drying petals of my Valentine roses, small twigs and maybe even stones, are all exciting. There is a danger I could end up making dream catchers and these aren’t novel. However there is plenty of research material to study for inspiration, before tackling the exercises. I am determined to progress through Part 2 in the order we are given in the course notes, but the instructions are very clear so I feel confident and there will be less temptation to wander off track.