I had two goals this year. One was to learn about stamping and stenciling. Above, I've added blue and silver stencils to a strip of the hand dyed knit that I'll now turn into cording to use as a second "chain" along with the...
... knitted "chain" which I decided was too one-dimensional so I dabbed it with a bit of black paint - and over dabbed - and had to rinse out - and am now waiting to dry - and have decided to finish at home - LOL - although I may knit another length today in case this one can't recover from my oops.
The other goal was to learn how to piece fabric from fabric in a flowing, more three dimensional way that's a step up from the flat piecing I've done in the past. I've made a start and again would prefer to work on this at home.
Diane has several large pieces of fabric made from fabric that she encouraged me to play with and drape over the mannequin. As you move the fabric this way and that, it begins to speak to you and images appear that are very exciting to work with and hard to describe. What I recognize is the energy. I call it not knowing. It's the one where I'm creating a mystery object that is slowly revealing itself choice by choice.
Stencilling and stamping are not new to me. I've done them before. Neither is making fabric from fabric although this flowing way is a new twist to work through. The difference now is that I'm ready to add these elements to my work, to make time for them.
The common denominator in everything I've learned is play. I won't get better at stamping or stenciling or making fabric or draping until I spend a lot more time stamping, stenciling, making fabric, and draping. And I want to. Another important part of our maturing process - I believe - is giving ourselves the time, space, energy, and supplies needed to create and permission to simply go into the studio and play. You don't have to make anything. Just play.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a playground