Maria S.

Again I am finding two things to consider in this week's lesson. 

First, the idea of a piece being either really big or really obsessive.  I, too, am always searching for that magic thing in a piece that draws viewer attention.  My first reaction to Jane's idea of big or obsessive was to think that you can't force yourself to work in a certain way.  It has to come from within.  I find myself thinking too much about what it is that people want and trying to work this way.  And, I've found that it doesn't work (who is it I'm trying to please here?)  I can't say yet what my thing is, I have to work on that.  After I spent the week thinking about big or obsessive and looking at the works that have been accepted into exhibitions, I see that Jane isn't far off.  There are so many textile pieces that fulfill these guidelines.  But does that mean it's all inclusive?  Hmmm....

And the second part of this week's lesson, for me, is about time.  It's a real issue for me.  I have so little time in the studio, that I feel I have to rush when I'm in there.  This of course leads to work that is not thought out properly, work that is so quickly done that many elements are missing or not considered.  When I work slowly and thoughtfully, it not only turns out better but I have more fun.  I know this, but still have a hard time remembering it.  I will make myself a large note to hang on my wall that says"Slow down and work with calmness and concentration"  Hope that works.

As my exercise this week I chose to play with 100 pieces of paper.  I used an old watercolor painting along with construction paper and a small thread sketch.  I knotted them with yarn.  This was really fun.  I could see an entire wall covered.