I’ve brought a few tools (needles, scissors, pliers) and a little handful of threads. Every other material must be found.
Here I’m patching together SHINY teabag packets. This in response to realising that my darling little stone house has no mirror to a check how fabulous i look each morning. A totally non-functional activity probably deserves a totally non-functional artwork.
Quite a few of the rubbishy things I’ve been gathering are shiny. I’m a magpie from way back! This is a fun way to use them for once.
There’s nothing like a change of location and lifestyle to bring to mind how much is automatic. I have no idea what will come out of this and most days that’s ok.
November 13, 2017
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…off i go.
Three months on the far side of the planet. Three months to step out of my habits. Three months to create some new practice. Three months to see what might come of my inspiration…
…can you guess where I’m going?
The first few “marks” on yesterday’s boring canvas. A good time to step back and look afresh. Many changes ahead.
Also the first work inspired by my recent travels. I feel great pleasure in moving from the sketchbook to the fabric board at last.
This may be the least-exciting photo I ever share.
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!
80 days of travel through 12 countries….
I saw a lot of beautiful or interesting places, objects, people. None of these will be recognisable in what I make next. Pictures are not my talent!
The mindmaps pictured above my desk are a start at describing some of the ideas or images that came to me in those beautiful places. I had time to think, to be intrigued, to make connections.
Mindmapping was a good method to move all of that internal value to the external, physical world. A big step toward making…
Immediately: the greeting phase
I’ll kiss the humans, walk on my beach, go to rehearsal.
Short term: unpacking phase
I’ll find a basket or bowl for the Given Things/Found Objects and put them on my workbench.
I’ll download all the photos off my phone.
I’ll get a big sheet of paper and mindmap all the ideas I can remember.
That should keep me busy for a couple of days. Within a week I’ll be in the throes of making something!
I’m going to look for an opportunity to exhibit again within a year. And I have a
Great Big Shiny Idea for action in about 15 months time. More about that later.
Enough about what I took, and what I took it in. The important thing, or one of them, is, What am I bringing back?
There are a few physical souvenirs, not many. More significantly, I’ve collected images, ideas and themes along the way.
You know I don’t tend to explain my work, I prefer to let you look at it and see what you see. But here are some of the ideas you will see in my work over the next few months. Probably longer
The street as servant of the building.
or the reverse
The dove (or pigeon)
The sacrificial woman
Direction and “handedness”
Water in the dry land
Stairs. So many stairs
Charity and the fast
Keep a sharp lookout for these, they may be heavily disguised.