It has been a busy week with no hands-on progress but lots and lots of thinking. I do have a length of silk/linen prepared, that is washed and with the torn edges over locked/serged, hanging on my display wall and I keep glancing at it, placing the ideas and colours I am envisaging. It is always exciting starting a new piece, the expectations are high.
The over-riding reason for making work is to test myself and my commitment. I think that is what keeps me going; the next piece is always going to be 'the great one'. On looking back over many years of working, however, I feel that approximately one in five pieces actually 'hit the mark'. The other four range from (my own) rejection, okay, and pretty good.
The remaining piece, the fifth (and they don't come in any consecutive order) stands out as a milestone, it pleases, and makes me feel pretty good.
Amongst all this there is that good old fashion gut feeling. This is alway my best judge. Being able to recognise what it is saying is a skill worth nurturing and accepting.
A few moments ago I hadn't any idea what I was going to write about in this blog. But, as always, just starting is enough to come up with something. Just starting is indeed a powerful tool.
This weekend I will be attending the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand Hanging by a Thread conference, to be held at TheNewDowse here in Lower Hutt. I have not attended this conference before so it will be interesting to see what they have to offer. I shall report next blog.
No pics this week.....