After whining a bit about not having enough time for frivolous art projects, I got away for a weekend at Whispering Woodlands for a workshop with Pam Paulsrud. I really enjoy her workshops - a few years ago, I took one called Sacred Geometry, which was similar. This year was supposed to be spontaneous marks, which involves a little non-dominant writing, a little work with sumi and walnut ink and funny tools like pop can nibs, plus some spritzing and other sink work. It's not really something that I see translating into work for the shop but it was really nice to spend a solid weekend just playing around and creating. We were supposed to make an accordion fold book but I had a few too many pages for the simplest version. I spent most of Monday working on the binding (my least favorite part) and actually managed to have a finished book. So often I feel like you go to these workshops and get started but go home with lots of intentions (which I rarely follow through on).
Anyway, I wrote a story/poem for the book and copied the text onto transparencies and then sewed it in. There's a little bit of text on each page (the longest bit is pictured). The story didn't quite make it past the 8 year-old review board: "does your story have temporal words, Aunt Laura? Is there a beginning? a middle? an end? are there periods? question marks? exclamation marks?" Well, I'm quite pleased with the finished book.
This week, I also led two batik tag sessions (one at Pinney through the Bubbler) so now I've got batik and random marks rolling around in my head. I think it would be really interesting to combine them but have to think about that some more.
In the meantime, I have two possible Overture exhibits in 2016 so I'm starting to think about a couple projects for those. Lots of brainstorming going on. Always fun to think of new projects!!!