It’s said that it takes 30 days to make something a habit. This is my new habit, something i can work on that is extremely portable, very open in interpretation and technique, and something therefore that i can do when i want to complain that i am bored, have “nothing to do”, don’t *know* what to do, “have no time”, or to fill time. Keeping the hand in, so to speak. I deliberately sized each piece small, though the whole when done could be substantial. Or i could do something like these again with each piece. It’s not so daunting to do something every day if it doesn’t scare the bazotski off ya.
The cloth i used was from my 2012 ACAD residency. I whinged about cutting it into small pieces then thought BOTHER–i’ve had it for almost 2 and a half years and it hadn’t been slated for anything ever OR yet, so why not? It’s just cloth, not gold or bread.
(On a side note, obviously it was meant to be, because the other three pieces in this photo became respectively from left to right, Strange Soul Take Flight’s background, a disappeared piece–lost last year in The Flood possibly?, the third i tore into these chunks— and yep, that huge piece is Anno Suturae. All of these pieces were wet too when the photo was taken, so aren’t quite as vibrant as they look, that pesky dry/wet ratio comparison…….)
I made some “rules” for myself: at the beginning of each week, i will randomly pick 7 of the 4″ squares i ripped that large piece into (81 in total), attach them to my preferred cotton flannelette “batting”, then each day randomly pick one of those seven to work on. I am not allowed to look at previous pieces to copy, match, extend, react to, riff on or plan ahead with. I am also not allowed to do more than one a day, though i may choose to do a circle a day on something else. (Thinking my poor abandoned Traveller’s Blanket might be the ticket there…) And i don’t have to do one a day as some take more than a few minutes!
Yeah, it sounds incredibly micro-managey. It’s also a way to track the evolution of ideas and execution. It’s discipline. I don’t meditate, i have several bad habits, so WTH.
I will also not beat myself up if i don’t get a square done a day–life has a habit itself (NARF snort) of throwing cans of smashed assholes in the way, and life happens every day, so.
And lovely to note that this June i will again be in residency at ACAD, and have the time, space and focus to create more of those huge fabrics!