Sitting here on a Sunday of a long weekend, I am faced with a long list of tasks on my todo list. Some have loose deadlines, some have tight but not one of the items on my list is "create art". I never think of creating as a task to be done - it is how I approach what I do, it is how I relax, it is what I do when my brain takes a break. Which means, on a busy weekend of todos, it sometimes doesn't get done. And I feel it. I feel it because I am not relaxed, I'm maybe a little grumpy with my husband , I resent the start of a new workweek. So, how do I prioritize creating without making it a commodity or task to be done on demand?
What works for me is to decide how many hours I want to assign to tasks today - and then only make a "do List" that fits within those hours of work. I force myself not to create false urgencies or fill the list up with everything to be done. That way, no stress if the tasks run long but more importantly - NOTHING SCHEDULED FOR AFTER THEY ARE DONE. That becomes my time and inevitably is what I fill up with the creative release I need. Creativity then shines through my artistic endeavours, my cooking of our meals, my time gardening etc. These things would normally be chores but turn into wonderful creative expressions - I get things done and I get to put myself into them. A good day.
It is important to me to use repurposed clothing and fibre in my work. It’s a good environmental choice but it’s also in homage to the poverty craft beginnings of rug hooking.
Once I finish a hooked fibre piece, I trim off extra backing and finish or frame. I have been discarding these waste pieces of monks cloth but recently decided to try my hand at turning them into rag paper that I could use to add 3D elements to my work. Take a look at the stages...
once I made the paper, I left it to dry for a couple of days. Then I gessoed it and set to paint8ng it the colours of our Northern rocks. I’ll post a pic of the final piece when I finish hooking. If you’d like a tutorial, comment here or send me a message.
Silverweed grows on the shores of our beautiful lake. One legend tells us that faeries and spirits gather in the moonlight to chat and dance on the beautiful silvery arms of silverweed. The mysticism and romance of this legend reflect our approach to our life and our art.