Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Small Notes of Spring

A new project in the works.

They evoke, to me, the feeling of dancing bees, or musical notes, or keys on a piano - something musical, at least. I'm envisioning many many more of them to create a large installation.

Fingers crossed, I'll be able to find more of the pussy willows I'm using.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

More News From the Nest

Now that my studio is beginning to fill with many of my small mixed media pieces, I've been having a real desire to create a larger textile work.

Truth be told, lately I'm a little intimidated when I begin to think about working on a larger scale. It's been years since I've done a big textile piece. Large scale projects, many years ago, were mapped out. Sketches were drawn up and colours and fabrics were chosen. There was certainly the unknown in the process and I adjusted as I went along, but projects were much more organised and pre-designed, then. I just can't work that way anymore. Don't ask me why, it just happened. My work now relies upon moment by moment intuition, which is probably why it feels easier to create small, spontaneous 'experiments'.

So, I'm plucking up my courage. I'm taking my process slowly, step, by intuitive step. I'm starting small but plentiful. Lots of little woolen cocoons, as they appear to be, and from these, something with large and hopefully beautiful wings will grow.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What They're Finding Near the Nest

A friend of mine commented the other day that the work I'm doing right now has a very 'interior' quality to it. I think that's very much due to the 'nesting' I'm doing in Northern Norway in the middle (near the end!) of winter. Snowy and cold outside. Warm and cozy inside. Nesting, indeed.

It could also do with the fact that I'm in a studio space which isn't normally mine. I've taken over a sparsely furnished room in the house my husband and I are renting and in order to make it a more inspiring space in which to work I've felt the daily need to create small experimental and playful pieces that can grace the walls and the shelves, and be arranged on various surfaces. My eye can now wander as it loves to and I'm able to see the subtle connections and relationships each piece creates with the next. 

Larger ideas are beginning to synthesise and an environment is growing which seems to look a little like it's being created by a bird building a very interesting nest.

A perfect place to be inspired while the winter continues to linger.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

An Afternoon in the Shipyard

Finally, some time spent in my favourite shipyard.

A little rust.

A little peeling paint.

A little collected driftwood which will soon be put to good use.

What more does a girl need on a cold, sunny, Saturday afternoon?