Tjitske W.

The list making was a lot of fun, as well as leading to some good insights.

But when it came to the perfection part and the loving my artist self bit, things became a lot trickier.

I couldn't for the life of me conjure up a perfect work, either in existence or in imagination. Even when I allowed myself some leeway and suggested that good enough was good enough, nothing came, or rather, whenever anything came I rejected it for whatever reason. In the end I decided to think of an artist I really admire and see which qualities her work has and how those might relate to my own work or work goals.

I thought of Mirjam Pet-Jacobs  and listed what appeals to me in her work:

·         the strength of the design

·         the multilayered quality of the whole work

·         the stylized but not quite abstract quality of the work

·         the very neatness of the work, the technical strength

·         the feeling that there is a concept albeit not too obvious a one (I don't like preaching)

So, which of these elements are crucial for my own work? There are two things that stand out for me: I want strength of design and I want good technical qualities. The other three seem to be subsidiary elements  at the moment.  I think that when I get round to sitting with a work of mine I will start with looking at how effectively I can see those two elements coming through. To judge it on more than those two might be too overwhelming.

This is just a tiny bit of the things going through my mind at the moment, but I think I need to let things percolate a bit and not try to say everything that occupies me just now.

In the meantime I'm writing haikus and loving it. I'm planning to incorporate one into a work, so I'm practising all kinds of lettering on fabric.

Now that I'm writing this I'm just wondering if I'm not procrastinating. Do I really need to practise all kinds of lettering? Why not think of the kind of lettering I would want to see in my work and find out what I need to do to get those onto my fabric?

Well, Jane, you keep saying that writing helps and I've certainly surprised myself here. That in itself is fun!