I am again immersed in the Earth Stories work. I lost my way for awhile. I was just piecing and sewing but not feeling the vibe. So I showed parts in progress to my art group this week.
Normally I don’t want input of work in progress…it diffuses my vision. This time however I needed input and this wonderful group of mixed media artists came through for me.
I was reminded of my original idea of layering pieces on top of each other which I’d dismissed solely because of the tricky nature of neutralizing the background color after photography. The cart was not only in front of the horse but half a mile down the road! Make the work first, figure out the photography later. Immediately it came to me to hire a professional to neutralize background colors…duh!
We were both raised by Depression-era parents with that ‘can do’ attitude which has applied to our lives ever since. Only with age has come the wisdom that while we ‘can do’ most things we need not! Just because I can do (fill in the blank) doesn’t mean I have to…
One of the essential components of my work is there needs to be a problem for me to solve. This piecing of fabric is like working a jigsaw anyway but now I find I want to learn something new with each new piece. Perhaps the greatest thing I have learned so far with this project is I don’t have to do everything….again! That and I am once again enthused and excited to be working on it.