I’ve just about been finding time to do some quilting. I’ve promised two new pieces for SiX – Orientation which’ll go on display next at The Bramble Patch in Northants, UK towards the end of March. When the theme ‘Orientation’ was suggested to the group nothing really sprang to mind, but I’ve learnt by experience that the themes which can appear to be the least inspiring at the outset, often drive the most interesting work in the long term. I suppose it’s being forced to research something new that causes this and results in other influences being drawn into the work. I do find it difficult to change tack and much prefer to gently feed in outside inspiration to what I’m working on naturally rather than go off on a tangent and produce something quite separate to my ‘proper work’. When you’re a person from England who’s experience of the Orient doesn’t extend much further than the Chinese takeaway, it at first seems quite a stretch to introduce anything oriental into a set of work without it seeming unnatural. Eventually though ideas present themselves either through long hard thinking, or just doing. Looking at the work I’d been making over the last couple of years I noticed that there was one common denominator – hands. I do love drawing and painting hands. It’s always challenging to capture the complicated form of hands and convince the viewer that there are bones and joints underneath the flesh and skin.
If you’re able to come then you’ll be welcome to view SiX – Orientation at The Bramble Patch, Weedon, Northants. March 23rd – April 6th 2013. All details on the Bramble Patch website.
Thanks for dropping by today.
Bye for now,