|borrowed paper and borrowed pens thanks Jane & Leah!|
Kendra's talk offered lots of food for thought - as the slides flashed by, my hands sought to capture a few of the lovely pebbles in the flowing stream of ideas. I was especially taken by the pieces from Convergence II, (I think that's the right exhibit) where the theme was making a piece of jewelry for a literary or historic figure. Beaded eye patch anyone?
Lately, I've been spending a lot of time deciding just exactly how I'm going to use the lovely enameled poppies that Lynn Bowland sent my way a while back, almost obsessed you could say. In my notes, you can see poppies emerging from waves of green, adorning a vase, even used as the focal for a jaunty flapper hat like one I saw in the slide show.
Wouldn't that be fun; to make a beaded flapper hat? I wonder how you'd stiffen it to keep its shape but still keep it light and airy? What if I just made a hair ornament instead? Sitting there in the darkened room, the ideas started to flow.
|sketches made during David Chatt's class at Penland, 2008|
It all circles around.
But the true gem from my notes above was a personal epiphany. Simply the phrase "Personal area of patience". People will look at my work and say, "I'd never have the patience". And maybe they're right - I look at cross stitch and think the same. I may admire cross stitch, but I could never make myself sit down and complete a project. Because that's not where my personal area of patience lays. My zen-place and my challenge place is in stitching together little beads into abstract paintings, which may masquerade as jewelry or sculpture depending upon the day.
So there's a bit of a rambling post, and a glimpse into my 'creative well', as Julia Cameron might say - from whence I draw my inspirations.