Friday, 19 February 2016

Finding a direction

I often find it difficult to choose which direction to take a project in. I've been really enjoying working on the theme of fragility and strength in the sketchbook challenge I am taking part in.  However, the work I've produced seems confused and lacking in direction.

In the last week I have been drawing:

painting inside eggshells

 and using free form crochet to make a little vessel inspired by a weaver bird's nest

But it all feels a bit random and not quite right.  Maybe it's just a case of experimenting until something "clicks" or maybe I need to spend more time thinking about what I'd like to achieve from the project.  Perhaps I don't need to have an outcome as such and should just enjoy playing and put it aside at the end of the month.  How do you decide if an idea is worth pursuing?

Thursday, 4 February 2016

More from my sketchbook

As I work on these pages I think of more ideas than I could ever possibly realise.  Each idea leads to a myriad of other ideas and the difficulty is weeding out the rubbish ideas and concentrating on the good ones.  Today I have drifted away from my focus on eggs towards looking at vessels.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Sketchbook progress

I'm having fun working on my sketchbook, it's surprising what can be achieved in short amounts of time.  So far I've managed to get in half hour a day in the studio.  It's not a lot, but it's better than nothing and I'm happy to be producing a cohesive body of work that will inform future textile/sculptural works.

Monday, 1 February 2016

February sketchbook challenge

I'm a member of a Facebook group called Sketchbooks and Experiments for Textiles. This month I am taking part in a sketchbook challenge, the idea being to do some work everyday and post it to the group.

I have decided to limit myself to using only white acrylic, a black biro, a piece of compressed charcoal and a 9B pencil for my drawing materials.  I have made a simple sketchbook and I am using the challenge to experiment with mark making and seeing what the materials can do when combined with each other.

Setting myself constraints like this stops me from using my valuable time deciding which materials to use and generally faffing around. It also allows me to pick up my sketchbook on days when I may only have 5 minutes spare.

I worked on  two pages today, flicking between the two and working on them together.  I like it when drawings and marks flow from one page to another.


The work is loosely based on ideas around fragility and strength.  I am interested in eggs, cocoons, nests and protection.  It's been a while since I was in the studio doing some art work, it's a nice diversion from stitching for a change.