Looking back over the dates on my notes, i have been experimenting with pink, machine embroidery and a bit of manipulation for a little over 2 weeks now. (Started the 29th of Dec!) I know i could do a thousand more scrippyscrappy bits to get ideas flowing, but i’m at the point where there are so many happening, that it’s easier to sketch and scribble notes then go to the now complaining Lalage. (I think of the innumerable samplings and “experiments” from my college days that we were required to do, and the reams of stuff obviously expected in C&G and SHUDDER. How’s about some actual finished work???) I think too when you spend 5 nights in a row dreaming about what you can do, it’s time to pay attention to your subconscious!!!!!!!!
So the next step is back to paint and paper—i find spatial relationships are more easily understood that way (for me at least) even when the scale is off. I can never of course completely replicate what comes out of the bristles, but can approximate enough that i’m usually pretty happy with the results. Again, it sounds counter-intuitive to plan this way, but knowing what materials i need and techniques to use is more than half the battle. And quite honestly? I’m one of those people who *does* need it all lined up and organized–just so i can go off the rails in my own way “arlee, arlee, quite contrarlee”….ha.
Have decided already how i’m going to achieve those semi-transparent and layered streaky colour effects. I’m quite liking the heavy delineation with the white and the black also. Digging out various weights and types of threads, i’ll combine machine and hand stitch again.
I managed to re-create this one from paper to textile in the beginning of January, so i don’t see why these aren’t possible too.
Despite the “pinkaprettiness” above, i’m thinking again of bones and bodies, poetry, hoodoos and personal mysteries.