Happy new year! As our planet sets out on another lap around the sun, the rest of us are setting out on our own journey through another year. Some of us know where we’re going, some of us haven’t a clue; most of us will get a little lost along the way, and none of us can know for sure where or how we’ll end the year. Roll up, then, for the magical mystery tour!
My plans for the year, as you know, involve slowing right down to my most leisurely pace ever. I will be ambling, wandering, sampling and tasting, meandering here and there, meeting some new materials and techniques. I don’t intend to sell any work this year. Everything I make will be for my own records, for my own development and growth.
I’ve begun by making tracks. Literally. I took some photographs of tyre tracks in the snow:
Tracks show where we’ve been, but not where we’re going. They are the evidence of our presence somewhere; they say ‘I was here’. Tracks seemed like a good metaphor for setting out, for marking the transition between the old year (where we’ve been) and the new year (where we’re headed) – and they also provide the basis for some very simple mark making. I’ll be working mostly on paper this year, with some small stitched samples but no major stitched work. Just wandering through colour, texture, design and composition. I’ve prepared some papers from which to form a small sketchbook on this theme:
Standard sketchbooks generally don’t work for me. I prefer to work on loose paper and bind the pages into a book when they’re finished. I get very anxious about whether the pages are in the ‘right’ order, and if they’re loose to begin with, you can shuffle them around as much as you like.
So – having prepared some ground, I’m ready to begin. To set out. I’m not usually a good traveller, but I think on foot I will be OK.
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