At 2 a.m. on Wednesday I was convinced that my college work had wandered off up yet another dead end – I didn't know where it was going, didn’t think it was saying anything, and I was missing stitch – to the extent that I got up and worked some blackwork samples inspired by security envelopes.
But I took some photos of the tube-y things I’ve made so far into college and begged for a tutorial.
Amazing what a difference someone's positive reaction makes!
Suddenly everything seemed much better than I thought it was:
- it’s not just doing the same thing over again, it’s ‘working in a series’
- POT was ‘ a very strong idea’ and I should consider doing something similar with e-mails
- the photos I’d taken of the other pieces outside were very good and I should put them all outside and photograph the changes over time – this was before I’d mentioned that T&T were living outside
- I should use some of the photos, enlarged up to A2 [!!!] as part of the degree show.
- all the other suspended tube pieces have gone outside permanently and been photographed for posterity.
- POT has also been photographed, for the sake of consistency
- and I have started a new piece – hereinafter known as ‘Love and Friendship’ [LAF]. I abandoned the idea of using all my e-mails – or even all the spam e-mails – there are just too many of them – and decided to use just selected ones in white [you can guess which from the image] – plus e-mails from friends and family in green.
Mmm – perhaps I need more friends?
I was very tempted to call it ‘Love and Freindship’ [especially as it was an epistolary novel] but decided that trying to show off would just lead to most people thinking I didn't know how to spell.
I have plans for 2-3 more in the outdoor series – and then I'm done up till Christmas – apart from the paperwork, the contextualisation, the work book, and the PMS.
But I still like the blue blackwork security envelope patterns…