Thursday, April 16, 2009

the process

Thanks to everyone who commented on "Front Runner" and the way I documented it's manifestation. Keeping track of my work was my original purpose for keeping this blog. Time to toe the mark. Ever timely, Elizabeth has posed the question "where d’you begin?" I gave it some thought and decided to pay closer attention this time as I'm anxious to start the next piece in this series. There've been plenty of pictures in the past of my studio, almost always looking post-apocalyptic, but pieces of ironed fabric, all stacked and racked, just don't speak to me. It's as if they already have a job - presenting the illusion of order - and have an imaginary DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging on them. I think this is where some folks get carried away with their stash. It does look all nice and orderly all folded and sorted like that but how would you ever know how this red, that nasty, murky piece of table-mopper and that swath of golden damask would look together unless you flapped them off the shelf and threw them about a bit? I started rounding up these likely suspects yesterday. I overdyed a few laggards and recalled one or two items from the wrinkled depths of the closet and heaped them in the Chair. I'm feeling intense. Cat posted this amazing photo a few days back that perfectly captured my color mood much better than my crayons have in the sketchbook. You can see I've already deviated wildly.

4 comments:

tiedyejudy said...

I recently comandeered an old dresser to try and corral my stash and put it in some kind of order. Prior to that, I had it crammed into plastic bags under my worktable... any time I wanted to pull pieces, I ended up with the whole mess on my floor! There must be a happy medium...

arlee said...

Fling, flung, flang--it's the only way to get those combos and happies.

The happy medium IS a mess :}

Marty's Fiber Musings said...

I agree with you completely. When my cupboard of fabrics is in order (very seldom) I loose much creativity!!
Love your work...how you begin and end.

curvylou said...

Migod, I love this:
"There've been plenty of pictures in the past of my studio, almost always looking post-apocalyptic, but pieces of ironed fabric, all stacked and racked, just don't speak to me. It's as if they already have a job - presenting the illusion of order - and have an imaginary DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging on them."
Your words make tons of sense to me. I feel stifled by the order I am currently compelled to keep in order to have a functioning bedroom. I have very little space for my work, and DREAM of the day when I have a room of my own to spread out and create.