If you are a subscriber of Studio Mojo, Cynthia Tinapple’s Saturday collation of all things polymer, you would have read last week about the amazing Natalie Maras. You don/t need to subscribe to my dad’s excellent blog to read Natalie’s own words. And she writes as beautifully as she creates her art.
The whole article was great but I particularly loved the way Natalie wrote about materials:
It…[making art]…also involves long and careful training with different materials, each with their nuanced behaviour (affinities, hostilities and different states in different conditions). As with our oldest friends, it takes time to know materials and accept their limitations, quite apart from our own. Then there is training to ensure that hands and eyes work together harmoniously allowing space for the artist’s ‘voice’ to enter and more importantly… to exit.
The work featured here is Tragic Carpet, I am just a little beside myself with excitement about doing class with Natalie in October when she is teaching at the Contemporary Craft Retreat. It is not too late to register for this excellent event but hurry as classes are filling fast!
I love pods and seeds. I love colour. These loves have combined in a wonderfully therapeutic way.
I was going to provide countless links to blog posts about these loves but you don’t need that. One need only walk into my house to know it. I have a Pinterest Board devoted to pods and seeds and love the work of Australian artists Sophie Munns, the ceramic art of Angela Valamanesh and more recently Anna Small‘s wonderful sculptural celebrations. To soothe my soul, I make pods, seeds and clouds. I made white and cream pods, seeds and clouds until I opened my Breakthrough Colour boxes.
I decided to create colour recipes for each of the cards in the box. (For me and the Samunnat girls). I knew I would go demented just working my way through the box so I chose a colour at random.
321…a steel blue.
Then I systematically adjusted the amount of cyan; then magenta; then yellow to see what colour combinations arise. Man, this was exciting. I used to be quite an intuitive colour combiner but lost some confidence. My combinations became safer and more predictable. Using the colour cards is so freeing. I made the colours to match those that emerge and then I make a necklace!!! Too much fun! I keep records of the recipes and the combinations and for the first time in nearly 12 months, I’ve got that old can’t stay out of the studio feeling.
After 321, it was 511(a turquoise blue). I had to tear myself away to write this post before starting on 152. A magenta/ red…just for a change. I haven’t felt this pull for a while. Welcome back old friend.
It’s going to be a slow process and that is what I am up for now. Slow processes that remind me to be patient. It is the journey, where (as my friend Tracy reminded me) the learning happens, rather than the destination.
I may keep you posted.