I am (probably) three hours from finishing the last embroidery stitches on All Water Under the Bridge. Then it has to be backed, a sleeve attached to the back, a rod for hanging rounded up and–you know what–i am SO stressed about getting it done today, that i have made the executive decision to hand it to one of the curators of the show on Saturday, THE last date allowed for turning work over.
(for DELICIOUS details, click on the photos please)
This was the first work i have done that tortured my sense of story: at one point, i couldn’t look at it or work on it as it seemed just an exercise in texture, no meat, no potatoes, just gravy. The one most important thing i learned from this one was that if something inspires you, there probably IS a way to interpret it—even if it takes a couple of years and 11teenmillionty stitches to do so
I’m still intrigued by the possibilities/potential of the teensy stitch and (in my head only) would love to do a monumental piece this way. Ain’t gonna happen though Also learned that i do love and need my void spaces! Finished in a couple or thrice of grand slam 6 hour sessions, it’s tout fini.
“All Water Under the Bridge” will be at the Epcor Centre in Calgary as part of Contextural‘s “Indigo” show April of this year, and will be going to a
good great fabulous home after. (Thanks to the LOVELY LOVELY person who has acquired it ) (Sorry, but the Contextural site is very slow loading and hard to navigate….)
The story (that didn’t have a story yet) started here. (There’s even a video, which i had forgotten!)
AND: Am i nuts to think i could conceive of, create and submit a new work by April 22nd of this year? (I thought i said no more deadlines…) For years i have wanted to submit to this show. (I even went so far as to make a CD of work in 2009, sending it off, and NOT LABELLING ANYTHING or putting my name ANYWHERE on ANYTHING so they would know who’s it was………well, wasn’t THAT brilliant.) I think now though that i am truly ready to submit (properly!) and be (reasonably) confident.
Ot maybe i should just be carted off to a padded cell. I can bring my own padding after all.