Tjitske W.

Jane, your emphasis on focus made me think of the end exhibition of a two-year course I myself am currently reaching the end of. What I can remember of that exhibition is the work of two women who each had a unified body of work. One of them appealed greatly to me and the other far less so, but those two are the only ones in that exhibition whose work  I can call to mind. I now think it must have to do with the consistency they both showed.

I myself am a great diversifier, but I do see how your approach could work beautifully for me, having the diversity as part of the playtime, experimentation, and having a more focused approach for the work that is to take me further than just bringing me a lot of fun. I'm not underestimating fun here, but just saying that there is more which is also important, which has to do with doing something which touches me on a different level, which gives me the joy of creating something which is wholly me.

When I started writing and thinking, or perhaps thinking and writing, about what I care about three things came to mind. The one is that I love stories, words, language, and languages, and the way some words reflect the culture of a particular language. The second is that I love seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Particularly common plants such as beach grass (see image) are a source of great delight and inspiration to me. The third is that I just love making books or book-like structures.

Strangely, it is so easy to lose sight of one's loves. The other day I was thinking about a project I had in mind. I had planned a kind of colour wheel  and had dyed all kinds of fabrics and threads, but somehow the wind had gone out of the project. It was only when I thought I might turn those coloured fabrics into the wedge-shaped pages of a book structure that I got excited again. I don't want to say more about it at this stage but I still feel the excitement.

A very inspiring lesson for me, this lesson 7. Thank you!