My new idea is to work at one piece at a time. This may seem simple and obvious to most intelligent beings, when the lesson is learned, but is it not true that we think we can actually do several things at the same time with huge success, only to be reminded that actually, no we can’t?
Once this decision was made, things became considerably more relaxing. As a treat, I will occasionally have a leaf through one of a selection of started projects, just to keep them fresh in my memory, and also as a time wasting diversion, possibly; but no, it’s all creative, as long as most of your work day is structured towards finishing, or at least moving on, with one piece of work. I will be working in a warren-like series of considerably smaller spaces soon, ie, home, so it’s a good thing I am putting this into practice now.
Found is a component piece that will be at the Festival of Quilts next year, and at Quatrefoil’s exhibition in Birmingham in October 2013. Like much of my work it started as a couple of pieces and grew. It will have nine pieces in all, and has been very enjoyable to make, one piece having led to another. There is much dense machine stitching and painting of each piece; mostly recycled fabric has been used, but the theme Found will work on many levels, not least that these pieces are based on fossils.
So here are a selection of images of the work, all at different stages.
I’m really looking forward to finishing this piece. I have been lucky enough to secure an exhibition at the RBSA Galleries in Birmingham next year, and this piece, together with an earlier beach based work prompted me to call the show Beach, and to work to that theme.