Pat B.

I have worked large on one project.  In 2013 I had the opportunity to produce three  33’ silk banners dyed, and discharged.  This was a challenge as there was to be no seaming in the cloth and one banner had to run into the next and my print table is 4’ x 8’.  It became an obsession while I was working on this project.  Would I do it again, probably if asked, but I realized that working this large definitely has its drawbacks and is not where I want to be.  Small is not for me either, most of my work is wearable therefore has a definite size.  My recent print work is based on the kimono shape and this is where I am happiest.  Obsessive, yes, but only about getting the work done to the point where everything else like housework, invitations etc… gets put on the back burner but this is not my norm.  Usually I have trouble saying no unless I have a definite goal to reach by a certain time.  This is something I would like to change and am trying to work on this.  I guess I realize that I am goal oriented being late with deadlines is not part of who I am.  Commitments to others becomes a priority but I am trying to find balance, if I have to attend a meeting or a lunch then I work that evening to make up the time.  Usually this is when I will wind a warp, set up a loom or do book work, nothing that would require me to really do the creative work but things that still need to get done before the creative side takes over.

Play:

I did some very simple paper weaving.  The first one consists of pictures left over from a paper lamination.  The strips are  ½” wide and were cut from 8 ½” x 11” photocopies.  I randomly picked up the strips and did 36 across and 18 rows down, each down row consisting of 2 strips.  This is my age.

The second consists of 100 coloured strips, again, randomly picked from coloured photocopies of doors manipulated with photoshop.  All the time I was working on this my mind was wandering to other projects that I have been thinking about.  Just the act of having my hands busy gets the creative juices flowing.

The third is 100 pine cones laid end to end in straight lines.  I then used photoshop to play with the images.