After thinking and reading and thinking about my solid fabric stitching and why I might have done that I have come back to the old self confidence trick and self belief. I am back working on a "Sticks and Stones" series which are much more mine.
In this series I am thinking about life and memory and how a memory can be shaped by later events and can become a false memory. And as I add layers of paint, stitch, sand and mend the memories can change and become more or less hurtful. "Sticks and Stones" was a very common response in my family.
And the pieces take more thinking and effort than doing something someone else has done before. Each piece is 4" X 4" square and is made from pieces ripped from a cotton sheet after it was painted with bituminous paint.
And I have learned that people, mostly women, darned and mended fine fabrics etc with human hair.
I haven't decided yet how to stop "a rush of blood to the head". I still have my bin of solid fabrics and my stitched stripes, I still have some of my books that led me off on a tangent, I still have times when I think what I am doing is not good and, maybe, this is always going to happen.
I would love to know how you avoid "a rush of blood to the head". Or do you just let it happen? For now I want to keep working on this series and ignore distractions.
This year one of my goals was to start using a "desk journal" or sketchbook to document what I am doing. I have tried to do this before but have never felt successful. Lisa Call in her blog "Make Big Art" has been running a very interesting series about artists and their sketchbooks and I have been following that.
Some artist have lots of different books for different activities, I tried that and it didn't last. I just spread lots of books everywhere and I could never find the one I wanted. So I knew I really needed to function with just one book. And I discovered I needed to call it my "Desk Journal" - now it stays on my desk which I try to tidy at the end of each day. And I have a system for that now as well.
I started by organising my page with a panel to make notes in and I stuck actual samples into my book. Ideas that I really liked.
And I printed photographs that I particularly liked and related to particular work. That was actually a hassle because I went uptown to get the photos printed and it held up my actions.
My "Desk Journal" kept on going - woohoo. It never had before.
I used it to make a potential daily plan and to make notes about waterproof pencils that look like fun to work with.
I photographed my papier mache bowl and printed it A5 size and put in in my journal, added my notes about the work and what I will do differently next time and I have a working "Desk Journal".
There are some things I will change as I go along, ie I will make my pictures smaller but for now this is great. I love that it is sequential, that everything is there and I only have one book.