When you’ve been doing the same thing for several years, it’s hard to change direction! I have a recognizable style i work in now, but wanting to push it further, i’m finding myself gravitating back to the same things/methods/”words”. We all have approaches that for us are trued and true, with few variances: that can be a good thing in the beginning, but when it becomes second nature to do JUST that, it gets rather predictable IMHO.
I happily overdyed a rusted scrap yesterday and was enthralled with the results.
Because it was a scrap, i just played a bit, but soon realized after a couple of hours of embroidery, that it was still predictable and had nothing to do with the main subject matter. I like the look, i like the shape, but it wandered far from what i had wanted to express again, especially after adding the black dots…………
SIGH. I can, probably will pick them out, as cotton is more forgiving than silk, but it will go into the pile of aborted samples. The fabric is perfect for the end intention, the stitching not so much.
Somehow i need to let go of the calcuable, subconscious response that is so locked in. As the saying goes “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.” Obviously, i need to spend more time thinking than doing with the start of this one.
I have a series of deadlines to meet with this project, the first (April 4th) being photos of the smaller, saleable works that will go in the gallery shop. Maybe i should just switch to them as the main stitch focus right now, while my subconscious re-arranges itself. Back to the sketching, painting, paper ripping, pasting, scribbly notes drawing board…………
I’m slowly adding links and content to the new blog—galleries will be filled, friend’s links on the side bar, maybe some new things. Decorating is hard work.