This week I’ve finished my mixed media colourful piece, which I have intriguingly titled ‘Pool’. I framed it, and it does look quite jolly behind glass, so it’s off to an exhibition next week.
I then felt the need to go through all my brightly coloured new fabrics, to put some aside as inspiration for a new piece. Of course I ended up with vast amounts in the inspirational pile, enough to make many new pieces of work. Elimination is always the most difficult and most important part of any new work. I didn’t start that work, however. There is no rush for it, and it is still having a quiet mental brew, so I’ve left it to its own devices for a while. It may be a piece for the Festival of Quilts, to go into the Quilter’s Guild Challenge, which I believe this year goes under the title ‘ Transported’.
I decided instead to complete my work for a small exhibition of my own I have coming up in May, entitled Beach, so I laid down three new pieces, and started an experimental book.
And here are the first two pages of a small concertina [I think that’s what it will be ] book. I have lots of interesting bits and pieces left from the making of the Beach work, and have wanted to put a little book together for some time.
The first seven Beach pieces are in Gallery One, along with the ten Found pieces.
The challenge, you may be asking? Well, in keeping with those people who are embracing austerity by not buying clothes for a year, or whatever,about whom I keep reading, I have decided to embark on a small challenge of my own, which is to Use What I Have, in terms of art/textile materials. Its sort of part of my on going Thrift and Alchemy project, which is based on recycling .
I think my fabric collection is small compared to many, but there is still a lot; and there are the paints [several types], dyes, bronzing powders etc, plain fabrics, inks, paper and pads, coloured pencils, threads, millions, it seems of beads, useful pieces of paper, digital prints on all kinds of media, printing inks, and, I’m sure, more stuff that I haven’t remembered.
So it actually shouldn’t be difficult to just plod on and use as much as I feasibly can until I buy anything else. This is a good exercise in creative terms too, or at least it will be when stocks run low and things become more challenging, I imagine. And then I will have a good old tidy up, and probably a re-stock, but when, I don’t know; I have more than a years supply of most things. Lucky, aren’t we?
I will have to make an exception for glue, black and white threads, white acrylic paint and printer ink cartridges, I think, but there’s enough of those to be going on with for a while too. I’m also being very wary of buying books, as I have some I have bought in the past couple of years that I haven’t looked at properly, or read, and that needs to be addressed before I add to that particular pile.
I’ve had this idea for a while, but not properly embraced it, and it is actually quite freeing and a bit of a relief, to be honest, to just get going and see what happens.
Here’s Pool, the finished piece, to end this post; next one, more pictures than words [663, apparently], promise.