It’s plain cotton/wool quilt batting. The preferred foundation for my fabric strip collage works.
Which is to say, I’m starting to compose new pieces based on my recent travels. My next progress shots can’t fail to be more interesting!
With the great encouragement of some talented friends, I have been making friends with the pencil. Drawing, or at least sketching, is slowly becoming part of my process.
It is helping me to remember things and ideas, and to slow down and pay attention to the moment.
It’s also been useful when discussing ideas with clients. I’ve been surprised how a very crude scruffy sketch on the fly has helped us move forward together.
A drawing kit for the journey, but not too much:
In Sevilla I added a green pencil.
That all took place over a couple of weeks. With sufficient “think small” mindfulness, enough to break the automatic pattern of thinking large.
It seems to have worked. Since then I’ve started on two mid-size commissions, seen three small works hung in my first ‘art’ exhibition, of which even more later, and received the spark of inspiration for several small new works. Enjoying smaller scale for now.
Space and time are always the requirements for creation. The stuff of making. This week I have the blessing if both. I’m making – completing – a very simple project long in the making, but I’m also beginning to feel a renewed interest in something with much more potential. Starting somewhere, sometime, like this