Yikes, already 11 days into the new year, but for me the ‘new year’ officially starts when the children goes back to school. It allows for some quiet contemplative time in the studio.
Usually I try not to make new years resolutions, but with that said, this year I aim to spend more time in the garden,
“Om grond te eet is goed vir sooibrand/ eating dirt is good for heartburn” Embroidery on rubber – Private collection
and focus on cultivating a good posture while working. Also to practice more yoga and to breathe deep.
“Vanity is becoming a nuisance; I can see why women give it up, eventually. But I’m not ready for that yet” – quote from the book Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
I wish you all a prosperous 2019!
“Your craziness is another’s reality” embroidered rubber – Private collection
At some point, round-a-bout 2015, I became more ambitious and worked on a series of very large embroideries.
Due to tight deadlines my subjects ended up floating on the rubber surface.
She never promised you a rose garden – reworked
This year I decided to rework the large works and create an environment for them. I started to embroider lots and lots of flowers on little pieces of rubber. Some flowers were inspired by real ones, others pure fantasy blooms. I work wherever and whenever on them since due to their size I am able work on them anywhere.
Now my subjects are surrounded by a garden of sorts. Some pieces I reworked entirely, up to a point where I am happy with where it’s going.
Know Thyself reworked and now known as No Escape
Meanwhile I also learned a new word via Twitter from Robert Macfarlane:
Word of the day: “physis” – ancient Greek term for “nature”, from the verbal noun φύσις, “phusis”, meaning “growing”, “becoming”, itself from φύω, “to grow”, “to appear”. From “physis” grow our words “physics” (in sense of ‘study of nature’), “physique”, “physiology”, etcetera.
I feel that this quote sums up my feeling about these works …. becoming something else, something more. To grow as an artist.