Friday, May 30, 2008

Self protrait collaboration effort

Another fun collaborative effort from the collage sisthars collaborative. A skinny sisthar book. 22 artist will create a 23 self portraits, to be exchanged at our June 27th meeting. Each contributor will get one illustration from each person and a final piece will be exhibited at the "Women of Inspiration" show at the Northwest Cultural Council in Palatine.
I'm excited to report that I cut down all my paper today! And even some extras (I learned from the charm swap, that it's better to have a little room for error or lame ones)
I know it's not much progress, but for me (I LOVE Paper) it's everything. I just about used anything I had with a deckle edge. Beautiful hand made papers and water color papers. Cut all the pages to reflect the wonderfully imperfect deckle edges.
They will all be different. at least I hope so. I'm most likely going to do an ink illustration, then gocco it, then paint and collage over it. The gocco is only 4 X 6 and the finished skinny book size is 4 X 8- so I'm not sure how I'm going to work the extra space. I'll post the progress, or atleast the outcome here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Are you done yet?

Today, this rainy Wednesday, my husband took my 2 year old daughter to see her grandparents, so I could have a bit of time in my studio. But I know when he gets back, he'll ask the question as he always does, "Are you done yet?". "Not quite yet" is always my response. And it's not that I haven't done anything for the last few hours, on the contrary, I have done quite a bit. But the answer is more directed at my process as an artist. I'm never really done. I'm always starting a new project, trying to master a new technique, finishing up a commissioned bracelet or just reflecting on my ideas and starting anew. To be fair, as artists, are we ever really done? We are constantly growing, changing and reinventing ourselves. To be better craftsman, artists and people. So I'll continue on the path of growing, changing and reinventing - knowing, understanding and embracing the fact that I will never really be done. And I'm happy with that. My husband on the other hand probably will never understand - I'm okay with that too. Have a productive day.