Happy New Year!
I don’t go too mad celebrating New Year these days,[the liver is pleased], but do like the inherent possibilities of refreshing and changing and improving things; forever hopeful, as usual. I don’t do resolutions lists though, I seem to have far too much to resolve, where to start, but there are one or two things I will try to keep reminding myself to do/think/achieve. I must write them down. Suffice to say last year was interesting, but not necessarily in the way I’d have chosen it to be, Jim.
A change of plan on Boxing Day left me free, which I must admit was exactly what I needed and was rather wonderful. Not being very good at leisure, I find it gets very boring very quickly, unless I’m out and about seeing new things and friends, I decided to start some new work. It wasn’t exactly an indulgence as I do need it for April, but had been tossing ideas around for some time, without making any decisions. One of the many good things about a day that is presented to you as last Thursday was is that it frees the mind, you feel as if you can have a bit of fun, and that’s what happened.
I had ideas about the new piece, mainly the title, which is a series of work called Natural History, and decided that it was going to be materials led. I am lucky enough to have many design/ideas sheets and sketch pads, all with ideas in still fresh to me and ready to be pursued, and I also have a collection of painted and printed fabrics, some a few years old now, and my magic box full of mostly prints and digital prints I have made too many of for previous projects, as well as maps, and other collage materials.
So I got it all out, and spread it about, and letting myself be inspired by what I already have, got going. Ah, that’s another resolution; to use what I already have. I started doing that last year, but it will be full on this year, and this too is quite liberating.
Here’s some of the pieces so far. One is almost finished, as I hand stitched it in front of various tv programmes, and the rest are ready to be stitched. I’m not sure how many there will be, there are a few more in the pipeline. Winter is a good time for working.
For those of you who like the initial stages of a project, this is when I get everything out, and indeed want to use everything I have. I don’t actually have huge amounts, but there’s still enough to make a LOT of work.
Believe this or not, this is the project organised into workable piles. Well, up to a point.
More materials ready to go.
And below, the laid down work.
Same again, the palette I started with.
The pieces are 35 cm x 95 cm, more or less.
I’ve used some of my lino cut prints in the pieces too.
Above and below, some more laid down pieces, waiting to be finished.
This is the next one I will be working on; it’s subject is beetles.
And below is the finished one, which will be mounted on Khadi paper, as will all the work in this series.