Gosh I love Art Propelled. Robyn Gordon’s blog is unfailingly inspiring and thought provoking. I don’t subscribe (mainly as I haven’t worked out how!) but I have her in my favourites bar and visit regularly. Today, with two weeks left before Installation Day*, I am feeling a bit vulnerable and exposed. The comparing critic voices are upping their inner chatter and I am wondering if I have been a bit silly to take this on. Robyn quoted Chogyam Trungpa in a post called Your Own Way of Looking at Things and it really resonated for me:
In order to accomplish an experience, you have to have a chance to dance with it. You have to have a chance to play, to explore. Then each style of exploration that takes place is a different manifestation, we could say. Nevertheless, it is all part of one big game.
I haven’t been making things easy for myself. After returning from Nepal, I decided that I would only include polymer necklaces (not those made with beads I had purchased) in the Year of Necklaces installation; and that I would separate necklaces that were a collaboration with Samunnat and display them in their own area. This meant making several necklaces to replace those that were culled (along with those polymer ones that were made during the Year challenge but not deemed art! By the way, for some interesting thoughts on art necklaces and examples of her own beautiful work see Erin Prais-Hintz’ blog here. Erin creates wonderful, almost narrative necklaces, often inspired by themes, or literature, and encourages others to as well. Two of her necklaces are featured in a new book Showcase Art Necklaces which sounds tempting…
I didn’t want to fall into the trap of making a necklace for the exhibition! Usually, the creations I like best come from play and exploration, from dancing with ideas, from following through the I wonders and I didn’t want deadlines (read Indigo Kate’s gorgeous quoted deadline quote here) to send me scurrying back into a mindset I work hard to avoid. I wanted to yield to the I wonders. The I wonder what would happen if I did this, or pulled that, or scrunched up this. I wonder how doing this makes a piece work; how will it sit if I do that? Alice Stroppel is a master at the I wonders. For inspiration read her I wonder if I can combine brass buttons, rubber cord and polymer to make something interesting post and her I wonder if I can make something bigger and more complicated than I usually do post (Titles mine!)
I wanted to use a silk apron (called a pangden) I got in Tsarang in Upper Mustang as a source of inspiration. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to incorporate the fabulously coloured stripes and the technique of lining up the three panels of fabric in different directions. I wondered if I could do that in a piece of jewellery. And again I am not making things easy for myself…16 different colour,s would you believe, and NOT a straightforward repetition, my wordy me no! Here are photos of the first stages of the I wonders. More to come! Still, I’m having fun wondering and hearing that deadline swooshing up!
*Installation Day for my exhibition of Collected Works. They used my Mutwintji Necklace in the publicity on the website!