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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Funny... things change.  And quite quickly, too, even though it doesn't feel that way at the time.  My last blog was in January this year, and said that I wouldn't be making, or blogging, for a full year.  Wrong...or at least, wrong-ish.  I have been making...textiles, changes and a new workshop...but more of that later.

I'd like to say I'd come to terms with the ME which has changed my life so dramatically, but I'd be lying if I said I had.  It would me more truthful to say that I am going through a great deal of grief... coming to terms with ones limitations will do that to one.  My old life has died, my new life is a work in process... emotionally, that's a lot to process.  Interestingly, I'm not depressed...which for a life long depressive, is, well, quite surprising, really.  In a good way.

I have been spring cleaning my creative life... instead of a room full of fabric, I now have a couple of boxes.  About ten carloads of materials have made their way to new homes, with a bit more still to go.  I'm debating what to do with Big Bertha, my large scale printer, because I am not physically able to work on large pieces, so she seems a bit surplus to requirements (contact me if you're interested... she will be priced Very Attractively).

It's probably easier to tell you what's left.  What's left, is materials for drawing, print making, hat making, felting and hand stitching on a small scale...think the size of a napkin (a vintage napkin).  Embellishments, and some beads.  Two sewing machines and an embellisher.   And that's pretty much it.  When you consider the range of things I used to do, that's pretty narrow.  Felt making is way down the list at present, because I don't have the energy.  Hand stitching is it...that and thinking.   And looking.  Of course, I haven't forgotten the skills and techniques I have used, which is just as well, given my next project...

I recently met Anita O'Neill, the owner of Eaubrink Studios, near Kings Lynn.  The location is fabulous... really spacious, well equipped studios in an amazing location, a lake, sheep, chickens, a lovely garden... what's not to like... and the last piece of my personal jigsaw fitted into place.  I miss teaching... particularly working with people on I offered to run a six week series of workshops for Eaubrink on just that topic.  Starting on the 18th October, the course is called 'Finding Your Voice'.  The blurb says; "This is a series of six weekly workshops lasting four hours each time, which encourage you to look closely at the world around you, record what you’ve seen (in a variety of different ways) and then turn your findings into creative projects. Although the focus of these six weeks will be working in textile, the workshops are suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to turn ideas into finished art works, including painting, printmaking, photography and writing; opportunities to try all of these things will be available during the six weeks."  And the gem at the end, is a reunion after six months, to review the work that has come out of the workshops, with the intention of creating an exhibition.  

If it's something you fancy doing, please contact Anita at Eaubrink.  This will be the last time I teach in Norfolk; we will be moving in the Spring, heading further north to be closer to our family. There are two places run, don't walk, if you're interested.  More about it in my next post.

The work... the piece on the top is napkin sized... a monoprint, which was hand stitched using two different hand dyed threads, with the gold circle in a metallic thread...which doesn't gleam in the photograph, but does in real life.  The middle piece is a wet felted base, with skeleton leaf inclusions, and couched yarn on top of the leaves.  The one below is another felt piece, heavily stitched, with yarn felted on top as a feature.  All three pieces were WIPs from before I became ill, finished off in the last few weeks.


Julie said...

Well done for finishing your Works in Progress. I hope your workshops go well, it's just too far for me. I think acceptance and learning to pace yourself is half the secret of coping with ME and maybe that also contributes to having less depression, which the stress of rushing around trying to achieve everything might otherwise trigger. I am trying to declutter and reduce my creative directions at the moment too. Since I found weaving, fabric has interested me less and less. I never thought I'd say that!

marion barnett said...

It's funny how things change, Julie. I've decided to stop painting; I'll also probably stop dyeing, too, as both use up too much energy. I did, however give away a floor loom that I was given a couple of years ago, just couldn't see myself weaving. Thoroughly enjoying watching your new direction, though.

Shirley Goodwin said...

My life has changed completely since contracting Fibromyalgia, so I understand to some degree what you're going through. I have also found positive benefits from the change in direction that my illness has made me take. I seldom sew and don't make quilts any more. I now dye wool, which I can manage as it's small scale only. I am also turning to polymer clay - I make buttons and am now just starting on jewellery.

I often think of the time I spent with you and how difficult it must have been for you, for which I can only apologise.

I am really liking your new work and looking forward to seeing more of your stitching.

Bossymamma said...

It's been lovely to see your recent creativity, Marion.

marion barnett said...

Thank you both. Funnily enough, Shirley, I'm just about to give away my polymer clay...takes too much energy to manipulate it. Fibro is awful... but I'm glad you're also finding the gains to be had from a change in direction. I've just premordanted some cloth, and bundled some paper with onion skins, birch bark and tannin... now to see what comes of it. Apologies not required. It's just good to be getting back into making again...and hopefully teaching, if we can find a couple more people for this course.