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Friday, July 25, 2008


If you were listening, you probably heard me screaming at the other side of the world. When the power failed for the fourth time, this time in the middle of saving an important document, you just know that I was less than impressed. Murderous, really. Grrrrrrrrrr. You don't know how much you rely on electricity until it isn't there...

I talked about the workshop I attended last weekend, but didn't supply the promised image, so here you are. The print on the left was the first I made, and the second, the last. In between, there was an interesting journey.

One of the tasks we had in the poetry writing session was to go look around and write down words that described ... something. The exhibit that was ongoing, how we felt, whatever. When we came back, we were tasked with writing a haiku using only a selection of those words. This is mine;

Unexpected dance
Imagine starfish texture
Remember delight.

We wrote all sorts of other poetry, too, most of it in Japanese forms. I really did write more that morning than I have done for the past five years, I think, poetry, at least. Then, we had to make a print based on one of the poems; I chose the one above, and worked with a human form, though it seemed to have nothing much to do with the poem, really. It did chime with 'unexpected dance', however, as you can see. By the time I'd made the last one, I was still playing in my head with the idea of image and text...but had left the poem somewhere behind, other than that theme of unexpected dance. Two figures, and the idea of drawing, both towards and away. Which is doing what? I don't really know. I'm not really sure how I got there, to be honest, but it was a good place to reach, and I could happily have continued making prints for hours.

Credit where credit is due; the workshop leaders were amazing. Lisa D'Onofrio and Annette Rolston work together as InPrint If you get the chance to work with them, run, don't walk, and prepare to be amazed!


Featheronawire Sally Bramald said...

The second one is amazing!

esque said...

He he! I heard screaming, but didn't know where it came from! Hope you were able to recover the document!

Anonymous said...

I love writing poetry too, especially haikus. Keep up with your writing.

AltheaP said...

I thought I heard someone growling.

This are great. It's surprising how putting words together in new ways inspires you, isn't it?

Shirley Goodwin said...

If the workshop did nothing more than lead you to work in a different way from usual, that might lead to your making things a bit differently in the future, then it will have succeeded.

Judy Nolan said...

There is nothing quite like the feeling of words coming together well. I'm glad you had a productive time!