Work in progress

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work in progress 2021

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Dr. Howard Thurman

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.Β  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.Β  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 πŸ˜‰

 

studio life: embroidery techniques

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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. Β 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 πŸ˜‰