I began by cutting plant dyed velvet and flannel fabrics into archetypal first shapes such as circle, cross, square or triangle and stitched them to wool felt pieces. January 1 is in the center with January 2 (the super moon) stitched to its top edge. Jan 3, 4, and 5 lined up in a row that fit onto the side of those first two 'days'. I continued spiraling around the center with Jan 6, 7, 8, 9 on the bottom, Jan 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, on the right side and along the top Jan 15, 16, 17, 18, and (not shown in photo below) Jan 19 and 20. Thus the collage was built like a quilter constructs a log cabin block.
|daily practice number one January 1 - 20 2018 (shown in progress)|
In the second piece, started January 27th, I used previous inspirations now abandonded (UFO's) instead of the flannel shapes. I am still using the dyed velvet, the wool felt base and the log cabin method of arrangement.
This is not knowing as method
This is self gathered up
This is trust that I know what I'm doing even though I do not know.
|embroidered crosses on curved piecework|
Because we do not know what each day will bring.
Life is an adventure.
|a densely stitched light house|
|stitch resisted indigo|
Mine is a connection to the inner world
|paper pieced star appliqued to wool|
My daily practice is about the act of making itself.
People learn about themselves through the things they make (Richard Sennett idea)
|reverse shows construction on felt base|
One: work relatively small in these collages
Two: the pieces are separate from each other and can vary in length of time depicted, technique and materials.
Three: once I start I need to be honest and work every day until I feel it is done.
|daily practice number two January 27 - February 16 2018|
My next wall piece will be slightly different than these two.
I'll begin it in a few days.
Art is an adventure, and I am the boss of me.