The thing about working in fiber or collage is that it generates scraps. Beautiful scraps that I'm always sure I could do something with. Its the bane of all artists! I keep getting ideas about using the bits and pieces from the original project that turned into a disaster but left me with all these delectable scraps. The theory is that I'll use the scraps up but somehow that never seems to work out. LOL! I've decided that I need to start making an effort to photograph my work as it progresses, on the off chance that a magazine article idea strikes me. That way I'll have pictures for how-to articles or something vague like that. And something to post on this blog. So I get out the camera and start taking pictures of the piece on my design board. While I'm in there I decide to take pictures of the incredible mess on my work table. Actually, it does get worse than this. I'm a menace to myself in here! I can't find the sewing needles, or the right paint brush or..... you get the idea. Not enough space, too much stuff. And really, when you get into the zone you just aren't thinking about being tidy. Here I was working on experiments with Stacked Journaling which I learned about from artist Judi Hurwitt
. Check out her work, its gorgeous! The experiments were a ton of fun. However, the pictures of the artwork came out incredibly blurry. Whats the deal? Same camera, same room, same photographer, and the pictures I came in here to take suck while the "incidental" photos are fine. Hmph.
Here is a photo of the lovely sewing machine I work with. My mom can't recall exactly when she bought it but it is approximately 40 years old. I learned to sew on this machine. Its a serious work horse, but at this point it kind of lacks finesse. Unless I win a contest somewhere I'll never be able to afford another machine so I'll probably use this one until one of us dies.
Although this picture doesn't prove it, I kind of looked nice yesterday. So while I was in a camera happy frame of mind I decided to take some pictures of myself. Never a good idea! Nonetheless, bravery is getting the better of me this morning so here I am, red nose and all. But hey, you can kind of see the little pink jewel on one of my teeth. Its been there since last August but only one person has ever noticed it. Enough about me. There will be more about me later!