June 5, 2010

Pics to Picks: A lesson in work ethic

Deadlines. I have always had a shaky relationship with them. Throughout my schooling, I would procrastinate until the night before, then try to pull everything off in a matter of hours, with no regard for sleep. As I've gotten older, I've pushed myself to start earlier and earlier, but somehow I am continually guilty of procrastination. I am also guilty of overachieving. "As I've brainstormed and sketched for quite some time now, using up a bit of time that I should have been working, should I tone down my idea, make it smaller? How about postcard size? No, that would be too easy. Let's go for a hearty 17x24" (43x61cm) needle woven piece. Only have two weeks? No problem! I can do that!" Sadly, usually time will win. Part of the project was to do as much as we can, or to go as far as we wanted to. If I weren't so guilty of procrastination in my day to day life, I think I could have gotten away with it. But I have to come clean. I would have loved to finish. But the deadline has passed! Must move forward, post what I have to show for myself!

After sketching ideas for each image sent, I decided to use this one as a starting point. I didn't want to just copy it in weaving form, but I loved the diagonal lines. I thought of tapestry, huge chunky twills, then of kente cloth. If I wove strips of cloth, only to sew it into a sort of twill? Then I dreamed of ikat details, to mimic the light in this photo. An ikat kente cloth of greys. As I worked to get my tea towels off my loom, I realized I would not have enough time to get another warp on the loom. A change of plan. I could make a frame out of wire and weave onto it. A sort of needle weaving. This would also be a great way to test out this idea, as I have a neckpiece in the wings needing finishing, and I have been thinking of weaving onto it. I did my work to a marathon of Murder She Wrote and at lunch during work, carrying it on the subway. Another lesson in space- the smaller the better on the subway. So here it is, in all its unfinished glory.

Using wire as a shaft


Meg in Nelson said...

This is, to me, a very quiet piece, as is the photo. It's very peaceful, and I love your interpretation of it, Julia. I love the simplicity, and yet it's not boring. I have a difficult time finding the right place on that spectrum, as layers and embellishment seems to be the vogue.

And thank you for taking part in the challenge.

Meg in Nelson said...

In fact, the deadline hadn't passed, I don't think, when you posted, but if/when you finish, do post, please, and let me know?

So sorry to have rushed you, but I'm amazed at the options you thought of - all the structures I know but didn't entertain myself. What you've told us is fantastic, and I still think the way you showed us Amanda's images is absolutely lovely!

Trapunto said...

I agree with Meg as to non-boring simplicity. Your wire form is really ingenious, and I like the look of your unwoven warps almost as much as the finished pits. Needleweaving! I'd be tempted to say its a "permanent work in progress" or some such.

Dana and Daisy said...

not only am I a procrastinator, but I came in over the deadline.

I agree with Trapunto.... ingenious!