Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Procrastination & Experimentation

Two words that describe this past week are procrastination and experimentation. It is beyond amazing how many different ways I can find to avoid the studio but... when I finally did get there... I managed to play and explore ideas, most of which aren't going anywhere but that's okay. It's all learning and one thing builds on another and it all leads to somewhere. This is good.



 


The work with the watercolor paintings is stuttering. I traced the shapes and then adhered the paper to balsam wood using a gel medium. As an adherent, it works really well and the resulting shapes are interesting however... they have a craft overtone that isn't the look I'm going for.





This white linen over batting over a shaped piece of plastic also has a craft overtone. I tried drawing on the fabric with pigment pens to see how the lines would look - not good - and then I covered the pen with the gel medium and although the pen is supposed to be waterproof, the ink ran slightly. The resulting piece was too hard to stitch through with a thread a needle which is a critical point for going forward so I painted over it with black paint to see how that would work and then...





... secured one of the watercolor bits on top of that. It's not as craft-ish as before but it's definitely not approaching elegant or sophisticated yet. I'll experiment with this technique some more because I love the way I can shape the plastic with steam and I love the colors and possibilities of the paintings.





One of my avoidance methods was to go to the post office which is across the street from the thrift store which is down the street from another thrift store. I bought this 100% cotton sweater for $1.00 because a friend of mine often buys and takes apart sweaters and then re-knits the yarn. It seemed like a fabulous way to buy good yarn cheap. In theory.






A dollar for an entire sweater of cotton yarn IS a really good deal except it took me an hour and a half to take the sweater apart and then another two hours to unravel just the sleeves. Because I'd occasionally cut the wrong thread, there are lots of stops and starts in these balls which means there will be a lot of stops and starts in the knitting. Was it worth it? I'm not sure. I definitely have more time than money but I'd rather spend my time doing something more exciting. I'll try unraveling another sweater just in case this one was more difficult than normal but otherwise, I prefer finding a good bargain on yarn.



  



I experimented with pendant shapes to go with the black and white necklace I am - still - working on. Diane - my coach - wanted me to work looser and to leave spaces in-between instead of wrapping the cords too tightly. I think all of these ideas have potential but especially the bottom two where more detail can be added to the white background in-between the black cording. The black shape is a piece of painted wood.






Here I experimented with the size of the pendant as well as different ideas for layouts. I opted away from using wood because I think it would be taking the easy way out instead of pushing through to figure out how to make a pendant I really like with fabric.





Way back in spring, I made a series of covered cords for knots that sat untied for months. This week, I told myself that I had to at least finish forming the knots... which I did... and now I need to tuck the ends in. The black ones should be quite useful - they're classic - but I think the batik ones are walking that craft/elegant line. I'm going to experiment with painting  them.






With necklaces, there are pendants, chains, and closures. Each is a "scary" element if I allow it to be although my daughter asked what could I possibly be afraid of. Hmm... let me count the ways - LOL.

Also in spring, I bought a tie-dye rayon blouse to cut up for tying knots. It's predominately blue and since blue goes with the dress I'm working on, I - again - told myself that I needed to finish the knots and create a chain of some kind that will fit over my head. That eliminates the closure and makes a pendant optional. It seemed a way to move forward and that's the most important part.

Yesterday, I finished all the tie-dye knots so I'm ready to start putting together the elements. I want to finish the piece before the weekend so I can send pictures of it along with my report and discuss it in my next coaching session - on Tuesday. And maybe a picture of the dress. It's almost finished too. I need to hem the skirt, sew it to the bodice, and add the sleeves. It certainly takes longer to make one thing when you working on multiple things at a time... and procrastinating... and experimenting.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a tenant that seems quite wonderful, moving in on the 6th

8 comments:

  1. I can always tell when I'm working my way through something that's making me uncomfortable because the house is very, very clean. Right now the bathroom should be cordoned off but I'm having lots of fun. I love that the experimentation is continuing. And yahoo for a tenant.

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    1. Experimentation is rather stuttering but slowly and surely - if I can keep myself from running as fast as possible in the other direction - it does eventually come together. I detoured into a black and silver striped t-shirt and I think those black knots would be perfect for a necklace to go with... plus pink maybe. The ideas bubble.

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  2. The next to last image of the blue and orange knot is beautiful! It is a very appealing knot!! And I admire your patience with yourself as you push along!!

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    1. Thank you. I like that knot too. I had some copper colored parts that I thought would go with only it's not the great match I thought it would be so I'm rethinking the elements. I don't feel patient. I'm glad to know it looks that way.

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  3. I really like the look of the last necklace with the mixture of black and natural wood - the shapes work well together. Black and white have too much contrast for me but I like where you are going. I am trying to find that right mix of casual and elegance as well. Not sure what to call it but I generally describe it as Italian Zen for my world. Keep playing!

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    1. The parts are just lying there trying to decide if the belong together. I think it looks pretty good too. I also think the natural wood would go well with the tie-dye knots. That casual/elegant line is a tough one. I think we'll know it when we see it. Good luck.

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  4. Hi, I really like the 2nd in the top row and last in the bottom row. I like that they are laid out one above the other rather than beside . Of course, this is not art by committee :). Thank you for sharing your creative process, I find it very intersting. Good luck with this. Abbey

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    1. LOL - those are my favorites too. Thanks for letting me know and you're welcome. I feel lucky to have an outlet for sharing and I'm glad it benefits others.

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