I’ve taken to scribbling in the bath again. These things have no plan. The hand makes suggestions. A bit of scribble and next thing there is the idea of a figure lying down. Then a bad fairy turns up. Or should I say becomes visible, since obviously they are under most beds.
In the end I decided on, ‘each footstep mutes a cricket’ to embroider as my line, line 3 of a poem yet to be completed by adding to two other lines by other embroiderers. See more about this in my last post. Since that post, I have changed the first word. My first idea was ‘every footstep mutes a cricket’ but ‘each’ sounds so much more like a footstep, doesn’t it?
The embroidery is done by machine. And the colouring with dye made from acrylic paint with the addition of a medium. I’m not really a fabric worker, obviously. But, also obviously, that hardly matters. Now I am looking forward to the show.
everywhere, the flowers of grief
in the darkness of eyelids
an unfurling leaf
the pale day-time moon
a newborn on the old man’s chest
a sapling in a pool of light
on the ancient earth under stars
the slow deep song of stone
a half-forgotten lightness of being
dreaming of ancient footprints
it’s not as if the sun or moon mentioned you
every footstep mutes a cricket
autumn wind disentangling thoughts
dry reeds shuffle moonlight
dark trees toss the cold end of day
this moment, this moment
Looking to create a single line of poetry, (or find one of my existing ones) to be the last line of a three line poem, the first two lines of which will be written by other people who also don’t know what the other lines will be.
These are some of the possibilities that I’m contemplating. But don’t they look great as a group? I keep rearranging them. If I’m not careful, they will become an actual fee verse poem. Just now they feel like a number of small poems, but I really only need one line.
I am preparing to produce an embroidery of the line as part of a collaborative exhibition, called Gardens of the Heart, a brainchild of India Flint. I’m not sure how many people are involved but lots and from all around the world.
The participants have been allocated a line (one, two or three) and are asked to embroider dots at the beginning of their line to denote that. Once they have all arrived they will be sewn together into three lines and each poem will be hung in space on clothes lines or some such (in March 2019, at the Lobethal Mill). Flowers will also be hung in the space.
Here is a link to the Facebook page. India is contemplating closing it soon, as the embroideries have to be posted by 22 December, but at the moment it’s still open to join in. And here is India’s website. Her work is wonderful in the full meaning of the word.
(The embroidery above is by my mum. At least that’s what she told me. My older sister said, ‘Surely not! She never showed the slightest interest in embroidery.’ I told her how I was forced to hand-stitch a pair of underpants (read bloomers) when I was at school while the boys did woodwork, something I am still sore about to this day. Perhaps this beautiful thing cured my mum of the desire to ever embroider again?)
I’d better decide on a line and get onto it! If you had to choose one of my lines above, which would it be?
So. Did my Artist in Residence spot yesterday. What does one demonstrate? It needs to be something that you can do and talk at the same time and that is not necessarily easy because while one is using the spacial areas of the brain it is really hard to talk. That’s why, while driving, if someone cuts you off or does something funny, you have to stop talking.
So I decided to play around with ink. Abstracts and mark making, what it does well and what different types of ink, blotters and paper can do.
And then of course is the masterpiece that is the blotting paper. Sometimes more interesting than the intended things.
but this, actually, sums up the idea behind the day:
and that’s not a complaint. I love being a performing seal. (Thanks Warick, per kind favour Rose, for the wording)
There was also a wetland in my bag, per kind favour, my water bottle. Hence the wonky paper.
What a day, what a weekend! The opening of our Big Draw Lobethal drawing festival was today. Here is Veronica Osborn-Jefferis’s beautiful hands as she draws on fabric with a sewing machine.
And some of her display pieces:
Meanwhile everyone got into wall drawing, charcoal in this case:
Here are some of Joshua Lamborn’s drawings in metal:
And Barbara Millward’s drawing of a hand in wire:
What wonderful line.
Melinda Rankin, who is the new director of the art and heritage space, was our opening speaker. She talked (among other things) of how we draw naturally when we are children, and often lose our confidence somehow. But that it is an innate urge, that kids will do it with whatever is at hand: textas, ‘flour-covered hands’. Here in Melinda in full swing, urging us all to, ‘ Go play!’
There will be four more weekends, different Artists in Residence each week. Demonstrations of blacksmithing next weekend (22nd and 23rd Sept) and again two weekends later. And various workshops. Yesterday I did Tammy Pahl’s workshop that combines drawing with yoga. So much fun, I can’t stop smiling when I think about it. We got seriously and hilariously grubby.
She will have a workshop for kids and their adults later. Next week Anne Griffiths will run one for kids where they can all dance and draw to music. I want to do that one but apparently I am not a kid!
The workshops are not all for kids though, Julia Wakefield will hold two for adults, a life drawing class and one that she calls, ‘Drawing for the Terrified’. And Zinia King will enable participants to draw their ‘Anthropomorphic Australian Animal’. She is holding a class for adults and one for children.
And there is lots to see and do, everyday of each weekend.
Links to workshops here
And other info here
… it might just do something like this. I think this has something to do with chakras. Note small skeleton amongst the weeds and worms, bottom right. Fertility.
From my 30 days of Drawing notebook, showing today (with other work of mine and others) and every Saturday and Sunday till 14th October, at The Woollen Mills, Lobethal as part of The Big Draw. Details here