I have definitely survived the Mid-winter Hut in the Middle of Middlesborough experience but it has taken quite a while to organise the house back to some semblence of order. Now most things are sorted – all now have some where to go and somewhere for me look when I can’t find them.
It was good to see a selection of old and new work together, to see the constant and also progressive elements, and to see how a new audience respond. They were not looking for art, not looking for textiles, I was in their patch rather than them coming into mine, and the response was either blank, disbelief or real enthusiasm, one guy went and fetched his friends and then his family to have a look! (Didn’t buy anything though, still waiting for my millionaire to roll up). Can’t really compete with the Reindeer Parade or hot street food.
So I have put all of this year’s efforts up at home, just to see where I have got to, and…. it doesn’t fit. I need a bigger wall, in fact 2 bigger walls. The snapshots do not include the larger pieces or the last winter walks offering. Very surprised. Rather smug. Bit confused. My perception of the last months seems askew, the pictorial is as strong as the abstract. Some of the tangents do seem less tangenty. Since I stopped doing the pure process based things the 2 extremes are working together, a bit forced in the hybrid pieces but more comfortably in the newer bits – like the Winter Walks. And as for the basics – use of stitch, use of colour and surface , they are dotting about all over the place. Perhaps the separation was a good thing, it let the ideas about how I should work get tested out and now I am reverting more to how it is natural for me to work without over thinking.
One thing is certain, this is a cyclic trend. I have to test, to try, to ask. And don’t always see the answers immediately. Above is Winter Walks, I think it is finished now, even quilted it a little. It has come quite a long way from the mangled thing shown last post. Next post I think should be his life history.
Think is definitely time for Christmas. Hope you all have a thoroughly enjoyable festive season and recover quickly from the New Year celebrations.
ps new workshops are listed on my website and the frantextiles facebook page, plus some sale items.