Thursday, 26 February 2009
Time for art has been in short supply this last week, though there have been a couple of serendipity moments which I would love to share. First, at the craft exhibition last week, I made contact with a couple of magazine editors and have arranged to send photographs of some of my journals, and make up a 'sampler' showing some of the techniques I love doing. That exercised my mind for I first analysed the actual magazines and then made notes on what would best showcase my work. Interesting how the gardening magazines I write for often commission something which is loosely craft/art based but inspired by gardens. With the samples will go a little booklet of themed topics I can cover.
That interrupted the flow of ideas I was also working on to use the 'antique' wallpaper I illustrated last week, discovered in the 'wood-mountain' - see my other blog. I had just torn out some lovely magazine pages to frame one or other of the paper panels and then discovered some artificial sprays of twigs and berries in our local garden store; the pink and dusky apricot colours complemented the japanese feel of the paper. On the search for golden forsythia, I discovered some wonderful sprays in a gift shop on our nearest town. A shop I love for they sell 'Shaker' style artifacts and punched metal hearts. When I explained that I did not want the artificial forsythia to decorate artwork and the little journals I make, the young assistant suggested I brought in some samples to show the owner, as they would like to sell them!
I was flabbergasted and to cover myself (for I have no completed samples), I explained that I would make some up as I usually spent the time working on samples to write about step-by-step technique. "Don't miss this possibility," I said to myself, wondering when I would ever have time to make complete little books as samples, and if the owner likes them, to make sufficient to sell. Back home, I set about what I had sworn I would not do again - make copious notes and leave it at that. (And I still have to progress FOUR visual journaling pages that are begun but lingering.) Whatever I decide to trial has to be simple but attractive, and capable of batch construction. This was true serendipity: not something planned and nothing may come of it. Can I do this? Until I try, I will never know.
My pics above show the artificial twigs sourced from two separate venues, which I bound into a bouquet, the notes I made click on the image so you can actually read what I wrote), and a little reminder to myself from the dictionary that this moment would spur me to FINISH something. Maybe I would incorporate another of my recycling finds - again see my other blog, which also details how I purchased a tripod yesterday so I could photograph the stages in non-blur mode. I had planned an art afternoon today, but after a sleepless night (why?) and a morning when I even managed to crash my laptop email program - office machine still not fixed), I developed some sort of lurgi and succumbed to sitting by the fire lap-tapping away to record these moments. Guess I have caught something at the three over-heated exhibition halls; absolutely maddening for I have so much to do! It is certainly not the winter blues or I would have stayed in bed!