Wednesday, October 07, 2015

picking up the pieces


I have several pieces in pieces, if you know what I mean. Aujourd'hui, je suis en train de décider quoi faire aver ces morceaux.  As usual, I am taking pictures as I go along, then rearranging, then photographing again until I am so confused that I wonder if I'm being too nit-picky and that in the end, it won't make a difference.

Back to the random units I was working with a week or two ago. For days, I have been playing with a different idea and different arrangements.  Yes, no, yes, no, maybe, maybe not.  I will spare you the umpteen possible arrangements I've experimented with since I abandoned the white background.   

Monday night I finally decided to work with a hand-dyed pale yellow background (which doesn't look very yellow here) and, as they say, "stick a fork in it." Enough! If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. But I have to finish it and move on. Now that I've put together these random, not-exactly-the-same-size units. I'm posting the two formats  here as a way of thinking out loud and looking them from a distance.

This reminds me of why I started a blog in the first place, a little more than a decade ago.
It was a way for me to get back from my in-process work and look at it in a small format. And it is still useful, all these years later. 
Yes, it's deliberately  off-kilter -- that's okay with me. But I see something from this distance that bothers me, which didn't when I was standing close to it.   Good!

I am finally working, after a long dry spell.  I have a show coming up next month with two artists in other mediums.  The exhibit is titled "Old is Good" and we were invited to show the progression of our work from where it started to where it is now.  I have sleeves to sew on two pieces that have never been exhibited, but since I am not a tv-watcher, this is not an appealing activity.  Nonetheless, over the weekend I have to get that act together.

I also have to go print scarves for my open studio on Nov. 8th. That's next week's activity -come hell or high water.  But for what is left of this week (it's half over) I've got to tackle a few more pieces in my sewing room as long as my ideas are still sprouting.

Past my bedtime!

7 comments:

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

For what it's worth, I really like the arrangement you have come up with. I probably would have put it on a black background for more drama, but the composition is very appealing, even on the light background. Glad you are back in the saddle again!

Jo said...

Oh how I sympathize with the confusion oodles of work in progress photos can cause. And I'm with you on sewing in hanging sleeves. It's a good project for self-mortification.

Kaja said...

I like where this is going; it's more interesting and less static than the blocks with white surrounds. I'm glad you are coming out of your dry spell. "Old is Good" is a great name for a show, or indeed for an approach to life general!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

So much can be gained by 'sitting with it'! I find I see things I would have never seen before if I just give it that time of looking from different angles.

Lisa Filion said...

I love what I see so far!

margaret said...

These are different? I feel like it's one of those "find the difference" sets from the Highlights magazine. I've looked back and forth at them for several minutes and can't see it. It's making me crazy! At any rate, I love love love them both. Lots of room for great quilting too!

The Noodler said...

I like this a lot. It makes me think of doors leading to unknown but positive things. If they were not off-kilter and different sizes they wouldn't look like anything. (I need to remember this for my own projects.)

I'm curious what you see from a distance that you didn't see from close up.