That lovely snow makes it a bit chilly. What a surprise!
Today, a studio day, playing with the bits and pieces I’ve picked up here. Painted papers collaged with scraps of receipts and other rubbishy things. Sometimes a little stitching. Junk is local! Here’s an early shot of one that’s now in the (improvised) press.
Some interesting things are starting to happen in my studio, as the collection of found objects comes to critical mass. And I’m delighted with my dear little house.
But today was awful.
Everything I’ve done is unsatisfactory, to say the least.
I’m a third through my time, Turkish is not improving, Yoga barely happening.
I’m over-spent against my plan. Not badly, but…
I’ve totally lost touch with my Big Idea and I cannot see how to
Feeling like everything I hoped for, dreamed of for this trip, is beyond my reach. And that it’s My Own Fault. That I’m All Talk & No Action. That I’ve Spoiled It.
That I FAIL
If you’d walked through Güvercinlik Vadisi this afternoon you would have found me sobbing beside the trail.
I think it’s just loneliness, homesickness, adjustment. I’ve gone early to bed (warm, comfy) with a chocolate bar! sharing with you that not all days are perfect but no doubt this is a temporary feeling.
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.
…in her new studio. Here in Göreme, Cappadocia Turkey I’ve very luckily found a cute little old stone house and am slowly setting up housekeeping and of course a workspace.
It’s slow because I’ve been taking a lot of time for social life – predictably hilarious given my minimal Türkçe – and walking, looking, drawing this marvellous landscape. Soon enough I’ll be happy to spend all day in a cosy studio with Ladybird.