I do, I undo, I redo and repeat…

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“I do, I undo, I redo” is one of my favorite quotes by Louise Bourgeois, because it is so relevant to my practice lately.

The same artist also said the following in a documentary about her work:

“It’s difficult to be a woman and to be like-able. This desire to be like-able…its really a pain in the neck.  How are you going to be like-able and be yourself? There are doubts. I’m full of doubts”

studio shot, work in progress

Before my son took these photos, we had a nice chat about my work. He said he kind of like it, but it is a bit strange….(mmm coming from an eleven year old boy who likes zombies etc), but he explained that flowers coming from vaginas and images where it looks like I’m ripping my rib-cage open with a skull as head, qualifies to him as ‘weird’. He also added that he hope people will “like” my work.

I realize that to him at this stage of his life it is very important to be liked and to ‘fit’ in with his peers. How do I explain to him that as an artist I’ve grown a thick skin and that to me being liked is not as important as to do what I like?

Someone also told me some time ago that they “like” my work but will not be able to live with it in their home. Which I understand and accept, but in this day and age where everyone on social media wants a bunch of likes and for a boy dreaming about a Playstation VR headset which he hopes he can get when I sell lots and lots of work…it is not so easy to comprehend.

studio shot 2

So I will leave you with this quote I saw on the internet recently:

“your art

is not about how many people

like your work

your art

is about

if your heart likes your work

if our soul likes your work

it’s about how honest

you are with yourself

and you

must never

trade honesty

for relatability

  • rupi kaur

 

May 2019 Autumn studio news:

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“Sometimes, when I find I haven’t written a single sentence after scribbling whole pages, I collapse on my couch and lie there dazed, bogged in a swamp of despair, hating myself and blaming myself for this demented pride that makes me pout after a chimera.  A quarter of an hour later, everything has changed; my heart is pounding with joy.” Gustave Flaubert

All rubber-wrapped-up for this coming winter….

“The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for the two forces are at war within him – on the one hand the common human longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life, and on the other a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire…There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire.” Carl Jung

Dear friends….

it feels like i’m entering ‘hibernation’ mode for this coming winter, so I’ve been a bit slow with the studio-newsletter thing….but here’s a link:

https://mailchi.mp/9e0355915133/aprilmay-2019-studio-newsletter

“Unless you have been thoroughly drenched in perspiration you cannot expect to see a palace of pearls on a blade of grass.” The Blue Cliff Record

re-arranging my ‘atelier’/studio

stitching…studio view

Studio view

Studio view

On another note….I received this message today:

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 8 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
Wow, 8 years! Thanks WordPress! And thank you to YOU out there, for reading my blog!
(Now I just have to work on the ‘good blogging’ part 😉

 

back to normal, whatever that is…

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Good morning everyone

….it is actually ‘back to school’ day today, so that means, I have my studio to myself again, which makes it feel like ‘back to normal’.

 

Not that I mind having my kids around me, but lets face it….now i can hear my own thoughts…. 

and luckily for me I don’t need the studio to keep on stitching, so even if I did stitch almost everyday, I did make time for reading

and playing,

eating – ice cream and cotton candy

laughing and coping with little sleep etc.

Hope you had a lovely holiday as well.

Back to the studio:

I am currently preparing for 2 group shows during February and March (more on this later). For the one I made small ‘new’ altered pages

, and for the other I am reworking some ‘older’ pieces-

why? because a work of art is never finished is it? And I feel that there is always room for improvement….

But now I have a question for you….so if the original work was exhibited in 2015, and now I’ve reworked it…do I date it 2015/2018 or do I take the previous date out and just date it as 2018? Please let me hear your thoughts on this.

I’m looking forward to share my thoughts, process and dreams with you this year…talking about dreams:

Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It’s never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

-Lyrics from the song: Dreams by The Cranberries

R.I.P Dolores (lead singer from the Cranberries)

 

 

 

studio life: embroidery techniques

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news

Work in progress

With my new body of work I aim to refine my embroidery skills. Testing different types of thread and yarn, because the same stitch can produce different effects when different types of thread are employed. With that said, not every type of thread or stitch will work with rubber.

While doing research on embroidery techniques I found the following quotes.  I always assumed that I employ a satin stitch in my work:

After reading this I realised that my stitching is not that ‘perfect’, and I do not have a great deal of patience…and then i found this:

So I thought, hang on, maybe the type of embroidery I do is possibly a combination of “satin stitch” and “laid work”.

mmm…maybe i can re-name my stitches to “laid-back-satin-stitch”….or “laid-back-rubber-stitch 😉

October: a beautiful month

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Yesterday morning I received a beautiful reminder from a friend….she sent me a link to a youtube video of U2 performing: It’s a beautiful day…today I listened to it again….tomorrow if all goes to plan I will listen to it again…sometimes I just need to remind myself

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day

And then to top it off I received a parcel in the mail from another friend.  She sent me this amazing rubber necklace!

hangertjie

Studio snippets: I am stitching like crazy…there is progress, but the process takes sooooo long that I get jittery, fustrated, anxious and nervous….that’s when I have to remind myself….its a beautiful day…to stitch away, anyway

work in progress

I am thinking about using a wooden toy that belongs to my son for a base of this sculpture. Not so sure he will be happy about it, but I think it might just work?? (note this is not the final view, just putting the thoughts together)

In between working on some larger works I continue to make headgear just for fun:

etienne met helmet

I started keeping a journal at around age 13, and when I started studying we had to have sketchbooks (which i really enjoyed) so I kept on working in sketchbooks and keeping visual diaries since 1996. When my children were very small I stopped for a brief period. These days i find that I dont really have time, but I try…so I resort to collage and ink since it is immediate, quick and plalyful: doing something that you feel doesnt need to be perfect or to be seen or exhibited.

20150930_161444

Other news:

It’s this time of year:

sywurm

Just love to hear them eat or watch these beautiful creatures going about their business.

and

I am still obsessed about Basquiat. The lovely ladies from our library ordered 2 Basquiat books, and I am enjoying it soooo much to spend some time with his images in the comfort of my house.

currently this is the work by Basquiat that I adore, would love to own this one:

Basquiat: Mona Lisa 1983

Basquiat: Mona Lisa 1983

oh and his helmets are awesome as well:

helmet

and while reading the books I learned about another artist called David Hammons…check out this piece made with rubber! :

Work by David Hammons

Work by David Hammons

so all and all everyday is a beautiful day, and I hope you experience it too