The exploration process focuses me; and I want to learn to generate that focus without the crutch of novelty so that I can produce work that goes deeper into craftsmanship, into thought and meaning.
I want to do this because....? Because, flatly, I want to have a new gallery up on my site and right now I don't have a cohesive body of work to put into it. I'm very attached to 'finishing' things; and I begin to languish if I can't look back and see a tidy package -- the bigger the better -- to show for my time and effort.
I know that this is just an old, neurotic habit. Like the lab rat and the sugar pellet, I get rewarded when I produce -- I get attention, opportunity, and status. Maybe I'm shallow, that attention and status are important to me -- but being prolific and receiving acceptance is just a simple, comforting equation, in a world which is otherwise confusing, uncertain, and beyond my control.
Anyway, here is a summary of how I've been spending my working hours of late:
I haven't taken pictures yet; and since documentation is key to why I keep this journal, I'll repost in a few days with a slideshow.
Sewing some Russian Shirts for my friend Suzanne. Suzanne is whimsical and flamboyant, almost atavistic, and if I weren't so doggedly pragmatic and cynical, I would probably be more like her. She and I take inspiration from many of the same things.
Planning my presentation and projects for Midsummer Fete (see the Events page)
Harvesting English Ivy for my workshop at the Atlin Festival of Arts and Music (again, on the Events page)
The workshop that I did in Ravenstail a couple weeks ago, still mulling over that, and experimenting with thigh-spinning some of the fleece from my sister & brother-in-law's place
Washing and processing that fleece -- I had to rinse it outside in my tubs first, and then put it through six soak/rinse cycles in the washing machine too.
Experimenting with rawhide vessels
Making 3- and 4-sided woven beads from my scraps of birch and cherry bark