I did set it aside, but for good reason. I didn't have a 'need' to finish, thinking that it would be a good project to take with me in September and work on it at my leisure ... but along came a Call For Entry ... due for submission Aug. 15. Can I do it ? I'm going to give it a damned good try.
|... a portion of new work|
My big kitchen table is ideal and the light is great but peanut butter and jam sandwiches would have compromised the work ... there are 9 people using this table weekdays 5 of them grandchildren.
I could have worked in my dining room but that seemed too available to my 2 and 3 yr. old gr. sons who are babysat here.
Besides, once I start stitching I do not want to remove all my stuff ... I want it to stay exactly as I leave it when I leave my chair.
So, finding space, time and peace to get started has been scarce.
But a 'space' opened up for the weekend ... the little boys are here today and are being watched and fed and played with by gr.dau's (19 & 16 yrs) who are most capable ... I am not needed ... so my dining room today is my current 'studio' .... and a baby gate separates them from temptation. The rest of the family have gone camping ;)
This piece doesn't require massive amounts of sewing so I'm hoping that I get far enough along this weekend that I might not need to move to my friends' (I have a standing invitation, whenever I need to) house after all !
On another note;We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being.
The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindented to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.
-Karl Popper, philosopher and a professor (1902-1994)
This quote resonated with me, particularly when I have read, or been told so often, by 'artists' that they would never copy someone else's art work ... well !
Common sense tells us that our brains collect and store millions of details about everything we see, say, or do. We are highly influenced by everything we look at, that we touch or read about.
As clever as we are, we add, re-work, enhance and mix it up ... and call it our own.