Life has been fairly hectic the past few weeks with the kitchen remodel and other delights. I have found great comfort however in sewing strips of scraps! As mentioned in my last post I am embarking on a big collaborative project and decided to incorporate pieces from past work into the series.
Sewing scraps is definitely one of those things I have to be in the mood to do. I don’t know exactly what that is. It might be demi-muse, the muse in repose or the absentee muse but there is something that one day can bring so much enjoyment and another day drive one literally insane over sewing little pieces of fabric. It is likely something to do with lack of control over chaos reining in the house. I can control these little pieces of fabric! A cup of tea, some good music and a well-oiled (oops!) machine are my only requirement. It has been incredibly relaxing!
I sorted the scraps by color way and have two piles left…the black/indigo/navy clan and the purple/fuchsia/dark green tribe. In the meantime the completed strips nearly cover my design wall, not to mention threads all over my clothes.
Today I am taking a stripping break to go downstairs and organize my print area. A box of paints, brayers, gel medium and other treasure from a class last fall landed there and still needs to be put away! And I need to sort through the box with the deconstructed book parts for treasure to use in this series. Additionally the entire kitchen inventory lives in boxes on the floor. Right this minute this space is not very conducive to art-making!
Then I can actually start painting cloth for the series. I have given much thought and consideration, much of it in the middle of the night, to starting the series. Now’s the time to just do so!