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Monday, January 11, 2010

...And Brightening Up.




It's remarkable how much better a tidy workspace is for one's morale. I've unearthed a few medium sized pieces that need to be worked on, like the one above, which is layers of both Lutradur and Evolon, with red wool tops felted into them, as well as throwing out quite a few small pieces that just didn't work and really aren't worth working on any more. And if you marry that up with a long conversation about The Work, and what I'm intending to do, then you have a process that takes you not just out of the blues, but into the Zone. Thanks, Sally, for listening while I droned on about what was going on in my head, and for giving me your opinions, gently but firmly. And having the patience to let me sort things out in my own head.

In many ways, that's the real trick, when you're talking to someone about their work. Let them talk. Someone much smarter than me said 'I know what I think when I hear what I say'; Sally listened to me talking about how dark the earlier work had been, and how dark this new stuff also seemed. We worked out why that was, and what it meant, and then, at the end of the conversation, there was room for a small but definite brainwave unrelated to the work we were talking about, but a definite possibility for a series of work with BB. Watch this space!

Friends, what would we do without them?

Oh, and the other thing I've stopped doing is the procrastination around the images for the book. My lovely designer should get the whole thing tomorrow. The thing about procrastination is that it's SO good when you stop! Why not try it with whatever you have been avoiding, lately? You know you want to...and I bet that whatever it is is not as difficult as you think it is going to be. Trust me, I'm a quilter.

5 comments:

Dale Anne said...

awww...Procrastination - that's why I selected "ACTION" as my word for 2010. I was the worst person with procrastinating...

Julie said...

Glad you've sorted things out Marion, in more ways than one :) I will try and remember your wise words on procrastination as I am the world's worst!

Heather said...

There are always too many possible directions to go in! It must be the time of year for tidying work rooms/studios - I've just done mine and it does make me feel good. At least I can get to everything now. Hope you are feeling good too, now.

Feather on a Wire said...

I read this bit about working in a tidy space last night on my phone. I would have left a message then and there but obviously the whole concept about you wanting a tidy workspace was all too much and it knocked me out for the night!
And if you wish to come down and tidy mine, you are more than welcome....

marion said...

thanks to everyone for their comments...especially Sally...I think?