My wool jacket is living at the Textile Center through February 18th, as part of the Common Thread exhibit. There are many beautiful pieces in the show, including a gorgeous wearable art piece by Linda Kollofski. Let me know if you make the trip!
My new creative habit: Thanks to Amy at Spirit Out!, I have added a new creative habit to my toolbox. Once a week (when I can), I like to have a mini-retreat. I head down to the coffee shop with a notebook and pen (or sometimes a totebag full of notebooks and pens..and colored pencils), to do a little brainstorming. Today's theme: my upcoming 20th anniversary. Woot woot! But in addition to the usual fevered scribbling of ideas, I added a new layer: I put the pen down, closed my eyes, and gave myself a few minutes to consider how I'm feeling about it. (Really proud of myself for one, really grateful to my customers for another.)
I'm excited about all the ways I could celebrate: 20 giveaways for 20 days? one great big party? I would love to hear your suggestions!
A new hand-stitched piece I'm working on. This one is regular applique, with individual pieces stitched to the surface (rather than reverse applique, with parts cut away, which is what I often do).
The above photos are the back of a long sleeve shirt; the front has a keyhole opening at the neckline:
I learned early that when you're sewing with 100% cotton jersey, it's best to start out on the snug side. Even washing & drying by machine doesn't do much for the recovery of the knit. Wish I had figured that out before I made the skirt!
Not a lot to say with a U. In fact, I couldn't even make up my mind about the quote for this page, so I left that for "later."
Yesterday, I had a conversation with Amy of Spirit Out!, and I dwelled on parts of it for the rest of the day. Amy encouraged me to connect with my mind, heart, and body -- and although I always claim I'm well-balanced with my left brain/right brain, her questions about accessing my heart, and how I feel, had me speechless. Am I letting my left brain dominate? Have I become so goal-oriented that I've forgotten how to feel? Where's my intuition?
Amy's strength is helping artists recognize that they hold their own wisdom: the "answers" are in me (not to mention, more questions), I just need the tools to find them, use them. Great food for thought in my quest to honor my gifts this year!
In the middle of this grey winter, I needed a little color. I started with a paper collage in blues and greens:
I tidied it up and am having it printed at Spoonflower:
So far, my plan is to print one plain and one with the lines of a poem written in each block (although I may just change my mind!).
Yesterday, I made this little yellow-orange-red piece from old sheets of stamp artwork:
I started with four layers of paper painted with Dynaflow, sandwiched with randomly cut pieces of synthetic organza.
I stitched all the layers onto a piece of Peltex I had sprayed with color. (The Peltex really absorbed the pigment; I didn't care much as this is the back side.)
I cut between the stitching, through all the layers except the Peltex, and then roughed it up with my hands and a wire brush. I made this just as a practice for the technique, but I love the way it turned out! I'm thinking of adding a few beads, nestled between the layers. I'll keep you posted!
My creative habit: I've been working on my textile art for most of the week -- cutting, stitching, painting, screenprinting -- and have been starting each day with a few pages from Art & Fear, by David Bayles & Ted Orland. One little chapter is enough to chew on for a whole day. Some of my favorite insights so far:
Most artists don't daydream about making great art -- they daydream about having made great art.
The function of the majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars.
Making art provides uncomfortably accurate feedback about the gap that inevitably exists between what you intended to do, and what you did.
Vision is always ahead of execution -- and it should be.
Art is like beginning a sentence before you know its ending.
(Obviously, I have been dwelling on all the projects started, how they're proceeding, new projects I can't get to yet, and why all of it never looks the way I thought it would when I started!)
Edit: I thought this had posted yesterday via mobile upload.
So far, so good in my resolution to dwell on the lightness of my gifts (instead of the darkness in the world). I usually wake up early, which gives me a few minutes to think consciously about my intentions while the house is still quiet and dark.
And this week I'm trying to spend an hour at the start of each day planning, regrouping, dreaming. Today I'm using the journal J made me for Christmas, to linger over the question: What work do I see myself doing in 2012?
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