One of the things I'm doing on this trip is wardrobe practicing for our cruise at the end of June. I packed the seven top garments, seven bottom garments, three cardigans, and raincoat I plan to take with me to see which pieces were comfortable and which weren't giving myself the chance to make adjustments before we leave. Two tops didn't make the cut. The sleeveless floral blouse doesn't feel comfortable and the...
... white linen top is way too white. Yesterday Miles Frode - Diane's son - and I collaborated. I asked him to paint an agreed upon dollar amount of lines on the top so that I could respond to his lines with further work.
Other than showing him the lime, blue, and magenta - plus black - obviously - that I love and watching the first brush stroke, I walked away and let him do what he wanted. Today, I plan to use small running stitches in pearl cotton to work in and around his lines creating new lines of my own. This is the second piece that incorporates my work with Miles' work. There's just something about his lines that speak to me even though collaboration is not my usual style.
Diane said if you want something different, you need to do something different. Sandy said you'll never find water digging in a dry hole so find a new hole. I've found this Design Outside the Lines retreat overwhelming in a positive way. So many ideas are flying through my head at once that all I want to do is be home, in my studio, working.
Some of the things are subtle and took a while to sneak up on me like the pieced section above. If you've done a lot of quilting like I have, you may think that's easy piecing but when you look at it more closely the lines are softer and morphing... which makes it difficult... because my hands know how to do it one way and my artist wants to do it differently because there's a gentleness about the piece that doesn't happen with straight lines.
I noticed that with Diane's jewelry as well. Besides skill and experience, gentle curves and little touches of softness create a significant difference between her pieces and my attempts. That's learning I'm taking home with me as I begin crafting pieces of my own.
It's the same with her garments. The elements are not fluffy over the top or bold in your face. Diane describes herself as a tomboy and her details are just enough to take the piece to its maximum. Just enough is not a destination you arrive at without experience. It takes traveling to not enough and far too much to learn where just enough is. I see that as the journey I'm on.
When I left home, I left with the questions I've been journaling and praying about and an expectation that answers would come my way. Today is my birthday and as I start a new year, I want to see change, growth, and evolution in myself and in my work. On this trip, I've been listening to what women say and it's interesting how many in their 60's, 70's, and even 80's have said they want to stop doing X so they can do Y because life is too short and they're not getting to it, whatever it may be. I love what I'm doing and I want to take it further. I know that I am capable of so much more. More however...
... takes doing something different. It takes digging in a new hole. I'm adjusting to the knowledge that if I want to create different work I will need to create differently. I may need to make jewelry for a month straight or paint for a month straight or make parts for a month straight. I may need to work by hand to get a feel and a flow from the fabric that I haven't achieved before. I may need to piece parts to see what they can do for my work and to start differently, like with just the collar of that piece and not the body.
I need to - want to - have a playground where I can try out ideas, explore, see what happens, grow. And all this fits with where I thought I was going. It just fits in a different way. And perhaps this is good because I definitely want different results.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - another birthday