Terri I.

I had no trouble at all relating to working big or to being obsessive about my work. 

Several years ago I thought I’d like to try tile mosaics. I bought a cement bird bath, got some thrift store china and tiling materials and set to work. It didn’t take long before I realized I was trying to learn with inferior, ugly materials so I wouldn’t waste any good tiles. Didn’t work for me. I decided that I wanted to make something worthwhile, so I did a tile mosaic on the side of my house. I spent the next 5 summers working on various surfaces on the front of the house, so I think going big isn’t a problem for me.

first tile project

front wall

side of steps

inside patio wall

As for obsessive, I had to laugh when you mentioned using 100 items to create something. Only 100? When I’m not working on a particular project, I fill my time by using scraps to make things. And I don’t seem to know when to stop. I started making the fabric balls when I had lovely strips of fabric left on the sides of my die cut machine. These things are addictive to me, and I would work on them all the time except that they are hard on my hands. The other thing I am currently obsessive about is sewing small rectangular scraps of fabric. I forget what people call the little pieces of fabric that you stitch to hold your threads from being pulled into the stitch plate, but I saw someone using them and thought it was a brilliant idea. However, once I started using them, I realized that they were little bits of design potential. I use scraps to create tiny compositions which are then stitched over numerous times in 2 directions. I have about 500 completed and about another 800 on the go. I have some ideas about what I’ll do with them, but really I need more finished before I start working on that.

basket of strips

balls - before I had to switch to a much larger bowl

tiny stitched scraps

I’m trying to be more protective of my studio time, and did in fact turn down an invitation this week to allow more time to work. I feel this course is making me much more aware of my studio practice. I am quite confident in what I do, as long as I get an “idea” to get me started. This is an area that I hope journalling will help with. Thanks, Jane.