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for my next trick

27 Jun

Working on the commissioned piece “Tabula Memoria” has taken much of my time over the past 6 months, in thinking and in doing, not leaving much wiggle room for other projects. It’s time to rev up and get something done for the end of “res” exhibit!

On my work blog (private), i’ve been looking at photos of older work, from sketch to sample to finished pieces, and finally decided i just might do something with this from 2012. The original figure was sketched out and used in 96 (?) as applique on a vest, back in the days when my business was wearable art. (I had intended to do this from years ago, but the fabric processes that i envisioned for it just aren’t co-operating!)

Given that i have a definite timeline, (the exhibit takes place at ACAD from Aug 27 to September something….) this piece will be MUCH smaller than works done lately 😉  I’ve bogged myself down in some sense with large expanses, and while i love the finished work, i’m going to go back to more intimate sizes. For years i was afraid to go big, but i think it’s time to be reasonable in terms of what i am able to accomplish—size does matter as they say, but there’s no proscribed acreage for successful work.

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4 responses to “for my next trick

  1. Beth

    June 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Good advice to self.

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  2. marginmirror

    June 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I think it’s always a balancing act. Given the time it takes to produce textile work (large or small), if one becomes excited by an opportunity, then one has to balance the likelihood of completing a piece to a deadline, and to a size that will fit the opportunity and can be accomplished in a certain time-frame. One has to either seek opportunities to fit one’s work, or work to fit the opportunities that excite, or try to balance both! OR one can make what one makes…and put it out there…trusting an exhibit/commission opportunity will arise…or not. And just not worry about it! 🙂

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    • arlee

      June 28, 2017 at 6:41 am

      I usually have 2 parameters—will it fit the canvas sizes i already have, and how much time can i spend on it?

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