Saturday, January 22, 2011

A New Year, A New Direction

Hey everyone. As you are all well aware, I have stopped working on A Year in Stitches. The project in its original incarnation just didn't fit into my graduate work the way I had hoped. However, in my Fiber and Fabric Exploration class, we were asked to take on a daily practice. This is the creation of some form of art every day for the entire quarter. Some students are doing meditative drawing, performing songs in public, or making origami balloons. I chose to document a single moment of every day with a quick gesture drawing in a sketchbook. I carry this book everywhere I go and am ready to sketch when I see something that inspires me. Later, I return to each page to go over a line or image with a bit of embroidery. Sometimes it is just the quality of an individual line that begs me to stitch over it. Sometimes I wish to emphasize a significant item in the sketch. I'm loving watching my book grow and seeing the backside of each embroidery juxtaposed against the next day's image. Hopefully you will enjoy them too.

I started this book on January 7. For the next few days I will post a couple of images each day. Once I'm caught up, I'll try and post at least every other day. I think that spending less time on each piece and letting them stand on their own without copious narration will help me be more successful with this new take on my project.

The cover of my sketch book.

"Wine at Kate's" 1-7-11

I think it's so cool to see the explanation of each sketch beneath the back side of embroidery, floating there out of context.

Stay tuned for the rest of the book!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, just post, no dialogue needed. That's the tack I've taken with the mailart365 blog, just the daily piece. When I have time I do a bit more "talking" on my own blog. Great practice. My son swear's by it. His new book is doing well - "365 make something every day (and it'll change your life" and you are and it will. Good luck on all your projects. you big fan.