Thursday, December 16, 2010

When It Rains, It Pours

Okay - you might wonder what this has to do with fibre art: Well - a few days ago I awoke to still pouring rain and found part of the driveway flooded, with water rising and pouring right over the top of the stone wall edging it. A quick clearing of the drain, some loud sucking and gurgling sounds, and it was all gone and back to normal in minutes. I've been thinking about how that can mirror the shift from being in the intensity of a class or workshop with the flood of learning, doing and relating rising in momentum and then, once it's over, the sudden void or space. There is just one class and the exhibition left of the six week long textile art class that I've been taking and unlike previous weeks, my homework is complete and I can work on other pieces that have been waiting since before the class - or start something new - maybe arising from some of what I've just learned. I am used to doing some fibre work everyday, but I noticed that with the structure abruptly gone, I felt that difference - like I had developed a bit of dependency on it and had to stimulate that inner muscle of will a bit, whereas at first when the class was on, I was eagerly wanting to get back to the work I had been doing, even as I was also enjoying the learning from the class. This is an issue I keep encountering - how to stay tuned in with my need to make my art and also to fold in new learning from classes. I am signed up for two classes in January that I feel excited about - the Mark Making With Machine textile art course at the Victoria College of Art with Lesley Turner and Jude Hill's online Advanced Cloth to Cloth. Aside from the substantial other learning and benefits involved from classes, the more techniques that I try, the more possibilities I will know to include in future work - but that likely means postponing making more involved pieces for awhile. What feels most successful for me is when I find a way to weave what I'm learning into a completed piece, and I have done that, although at a reduced quantity.


Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I found I felt the same way after the C2C2 class ended. there was this void and I didn't know what to do next. I felt like I needed another class NOW or I couldn't do anything~ But after about a week I couldn't stand it any longer and the dam broke. I got out some of the work I had started and began working on it. I found that I felt way more comfortable working on these just started pieces than I did when I began them! And then Jude did the Christmas Cloth mini whispering and it helped to fill the void a lot. I love that feeling of stimulation you get when you're working with a class and sharing your work with each other. It's harder for me to enjoy the assimulation part that comes next.

;~) Debi

Penny Berens said...

How lucky you are to have the art college close by. The post-classroom work of assimilating what fits your style and adapting it to your voice is not easy.

Quiltgirl said...

It was great to see your work 'in the flesh' as it were! Congratulations on a productive seminar of work. I'm looking forward to seeing what is next!

Yvonne said...

Debi - thanks for sharing your 'after class' experience - a group of people working together is very energizing!

Penny - I probably won't have much assimulation time, either, because after the Christmas break I need to gather supplies and then it will be right back to new learning.

Sharon - Thanks and I'm glad you came to see the show!