Monday, May 12, 2008

Recess



Boy those weekends fly by don’t they?
I spent a good deal of time messing about with a vessel design. I’ve had this particular idea for a vessel made from fabrics that I have dyed… the only problem being that I’m unsure of how to make the actual vessel and cover it with fabrics. I finally bit the bullet and bought some screening and began trying some ideas. I managed some very lumpy experiments the first day and then this rather cute little bag/vessel the second day. Nothing so far manages to approach the ideas I have germinating in my head but concrete progress is always more satisfying than vague ideas. There are still some pesky construction issues to deal with but I feel as though I’m getting a handle on how to approach them.

The bag is actually reversible which wasn’t planned but is kind of fun.

I’m glad I took the time to try these experiments even though I have been feeling a bit oppressed by the to-do list. Sometimes it is hard for me to invest the time into the experimental phase of a project. There is a very skeptical side to my personality that keeps looking at its watch and saying “OK that thing you just spent over 2 hours on looks like a mutant head of lettuce… and this benefits us how??”

But I know in my heart that the really good stuff comes from the stretching of ideas and exploring new paths. I have to learn to tell that particular voice to just chill for the next few hours and then you can nag me about the bottom line when recess is over!

3 comments:

teegee said...

Mutant head of lettuce or not- I'm impressed you are tackling sewing something round :-) That makes me nutty.

Love the color- very lovely! And tell the little voice to be quiet. And mine too.

shiborigirl said...

i know what you mean about spending lots of time experimenting with an idea-sometimes only to abandon it altogether. i have recently spent copious amounts of time wiring shibori into sculptural forms-who knows where it will lead....
like the vessel idea-perhaps wire might be of interest to you here.
i imagine seeing this piece in a dark room with light eminatting from it.

alsokaizen said...

Hi teegee
that little voice makes a good servant but a crummy master...yours too!
hi glennis
I will be watching your experiments with intrest, wire is definately an option I'm keeping open It is a true balancing act to be able to experiment and remain productive Sometimes I think I should set up a schedual for playtime...