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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Things You Learn At Workshops...


are not always what you expect to learn. The sharpest lesson, for me, was that you should not make a mobile at a workshop... for a start, it's impossible to work on it with any ease (in the end, as you can see, someone strang up some string, and it is precariously hung from that). And lo, getting it home in one piece is impossible, and in my case, things got so tangled up that I had to cut it all away, and now have to reassemble...sigh...

Still, it was worth it. I've had the idea of a textile mobile in my head for a long time, and finally, I've been and gone and done it! I often find myself doing things like that in workshops, ideas that are on hold for one reason or another. Rightly or wrongly, I look at workshops as playtime, where anything goes, usually within the structure of the workshop itself, and as this was a process based thing, rather than a technique workshop, it was indeed possible to do your own thing. I love it when people use a workshop I'm teaching as a springboard for their own 'stuff'; I see it as a compliment. I hope that Jan did, too... The photos were taken at an early stage in the development of the piece..when I've found the time to restring, and deal with the hanging issues, I'll take photos in situ, and you can compare.

2 comments:

:-D eirdre said...

Too bad about having to restring the piece, I know that if it was me it would take way too long to do, and become one of those items in the pile. Do you have a spot where this will/might hang? I have toyed with the idea of making a mobile for my bathroom, but that is a project for another day.

Thanks for the photos! Good luck with the restring!

Carol said...

Oooh this looks interesting, I look forward to seeing it when you finish.