this is a stuffed textile somethin’ i made today at the children’s museum after my internship interview.
i was in the zone, as we say. it was perfect.
and here is, apparently, an essay on the process that went into the piece:
here, i am experimenting with a series of personal symbols, because i’ve been trying to paint them, but i’m coming up a little short.
i expect to be working and re-working, playing with, and manipulating these symbols for a long time. i see myself expanding the set of symbols (so far the main ones are the set of triangles, the arch/dot pairing at the bottom, then the 5 lines and 13 lines on the back) developing them, creating more successful, more complex, and more communicative relationships among them.
in the MAKESHOP at the museum, they have a sewing table, stocked with endless varied fabric scraps, scissors, some ribbon, needles, thread, yarn, string, hemp string, etc., and this plastic-y stuff (ex.: over the top triangle).
after the interview, my interviewer, the Lovely director of the MAKESHOP (who fidgeted beautifully through the interview; at one point he was slipping his ring back and forth beneath his pen cap, which made me feel more comfortable about my own fidgeting) welcomed me to stay as long as i wanted.
so over the course of three hours, which i think surprised him and the two interns there, i took the opportunity to plan then assembled this.
i like that i’m learning to balance planning with my love of just sitting down and letting the art Happen on its own. i planned the composition and how to assemble it here, but relied on impulse/intuition for the fabric selection, stitching (to my dismay, i couldn’t remember many of the fancy stitches i used in my capstone, but i did manage to come up with the blanket stich, a basting stitch, a variation on the basting stitch, and one effed up french knot, haha), the idea to screenprint, and some of the negative/positive interactions.
(note: it’s amazing that for all my hatred of screenprinting, it keeps coming back over and over as an ideal way to manifest many of my ideas…)
i think it was good to work with these shapes (symbols) physically, as separate items, and remind myself of how fabric works and feels, what it can do, how it can look. with fabric pieces i could play with the composition and scale more.
i was going to leave the back blank, but felt really compelled to include the 13 and the 5 lines. then, i remembered i could go to the Studio in the other room and screen print. (they do it in a neat DIY way, where you just cut out newspaper of what you want, then lay it on top of the paper and print over it. i think that low-tech process lends itself to my aesthetic goals, the chance/serendipity i want to maintain in my work, AND my lack of things like emulsion, a power sprayer, and a darkroom.)
it would be nice if i did get the internship and got to make a lot more things like this.
it also gave me ideas like:
fix the wax paintings somehow so that i can create 3D object from them without them flaking off.
embroider within the layers of wax.
think of fabric assembly, each individual part of the composition, when planning out the painting (oh, and: Plan Out the Painting, like i have formal training in studio art and art theory or something).
GO TEAM ART!