- Category: In The Studio
- Published on Friday, 28 May 2010 13:41
My resolution and goal for the new year was to finish work, whether work already in progress or new quilts. So far this year I seem to have done better at finishing up works in progress. I had one quilt that I considered a "problem child" and proceeded to ignore it for about a year. I had invested considerable time in it, yet it did not please me. I decided in January that it deserved more attention and that I wanted to devote the effort to making the decisions and taking the actions that would make it right. There was frustration along the way, mistakes made on my part, righting those mistakes in order to do justice to my problem child. I did finish it and despite its difficulties I think it presents itself pretty well. My quilt "Little Peace In 2 4 U" is no longer considered a problem by me. I accept it and love it 'as is' and have sent it to make its way in the world on its own terms.
Little Peace In 2 4 U, 37"x57"
This week I finished another work in progress. It's a Diary Painting that I started last summer in a workshop with Susan Shie at Peters Valley Craft Center. Our theme for the day was "aprons" and I used the theme to rant a bit about my dissatisfaction with domestic chores, especially cooking, represented by aprons. It was important for me to finish this particular piece because it serves as a catalyst to create some new work, using aprons as a symbolic measure of Women's Work. I'm really excited about the ideas that I want to express. Finishing the diary painting is the first step in doing so.
Women's Work: What's For Dinner Mom?, 21.5"x 24.5"
Some of my other finishing involves the mundane tasks of attaching hanging sleeves and signature labels. That is the plan for today and then I can move on to new work - which I will carry through to the finish!
Until next time -