I have work in a new exhibit which opens this Friday (Working with paper, Center Gallery in Olean, NY, 6-8pm). Regular readers have been sharing my struggle to get this work completed, so I thought I would share this moment of resolution with you too.
This is that monigami scroll which almost ended up in the bin
And here are all those little tea bags I saved obsessively and then printed on
It would be wonderful to see some of you at the opening, but I will also try to post some better pictures once the show is finished and properly lighted.
Thanks to everyone who encouraged me through the dark days and helped me reach this moment.
I have been slowly working my way through another 30 day journal project from the wonderful Lisa Sonora. I have received some wonderful feedback from other artists online, and so in the spirit of paying it forward I am offering a free download of one of the images from this series. I will be loading other similar images into my Fine Art America account as I scan and edit them, in case you loved one of the others and would like to purchase one.
To get a FREE printable jpeg or pdf of this image fill out this form and I will email you the file. Feel free to share!
The beginning of the school year has been brutal. I just can’t seem to get into a rhythm. Perhaps I am too distracted by the unfinished work for my upcoming show. I am slowly figuring some things out in the studio but as of right now the work still feels strained. It has lyrical moments, but now the deadline is creeping up on me and I feel like I am forcing things. Here are some partially resolved struggles. Your thoughts are always welcome.
Its grey and raining here today.
It perfectly suits my mood, I’m a little sad and grey myself.
Suddenly summer is over. Technically it has been over for me for a week. Classes started back up at both schools where I teach last Tuesday, but it has felt like summer because my sister and Mum were here visiting after the wedding. We had a lot of fun playing tourist in my backyard, visiting parks and museums and just spending precious time as a family. Yesterday they went home.
It is beyond words, living so far away from them all, my parents and sisters, their spouses and children. I am incredibly lucky in my life here, I have the love of a really good man, and my children, and my grandchild. I have a beautiful home. I have meaningful work. I have friends. Somedays though I am still sad to be so far away from the place that will always be my home.
Life goes on. My work calls to me. Life has laundry and dishes and papers to mark.
And I can look forward to a less grey day, next summer, when hopefully the entire family will be back together again, even if it is only for a few brief glorious summer days.
A few weeks ago I was in a bit of a panic because I had no ideas, now I am panicking because I have too many!!
Here’s a sneak peek of a new work in progress.
Im playing with all my favorite things, paper, thread, branches, egg shells.
Too little time until the new semester begins, must get back to work.
Recently I was invited to join a group of artists from various disciplines working with kozo. Needless to say I was thrilled. About a week ago we met to cook the fibres and start cleaning and beating. This sort of work is always more fun in a group, and especially if there are snacks and drinks! We took turns working and so there was plenty of time for socializing. One of the artists wanted to try spinning the cooked but unbeaten fibre, which she was able to do! Amazing! This meant at the end of the session there was a piece of cooked unbeaten fibre which had been pulled apart for her experiment. I rolled it up in my apron and yesterday when I went to make paper (and so needed my apron again) I discovered it again.
What I found was a beautiful organic structure full of holes, and regular readers may already have an idea where this is going…. yes, holes = needlelace. So I sat down with a needle and thread. And produced this
I loved how the needlelace reflected the structure of the fibre, it was an interesting intersection of natural and man-made. I liked it so much I decided to press on. Next I tried a bright contrasting thread.
And then I unpicked it because it just felt all wrong. So I switched to another more organic/neutral colour, a cream and added more. Better. So I just kept on working.
I never thought of working with just the fibres, but I love how this looks. I think a bigger experiment may be in the near future.