Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Ragdoll finished her book. Chris has 26,000 words. Unfortunately I am still bumbling through a handful of ideas, unsure if anything will be near complete for our May 1st pact.

I won't say writers have it easy, but what I do envy is that they can print off their project and place it on a table with a satisfying thump. The pages will be crisp and in order. Our feedback will start from an expectation of storytelling. But how do I pull together something that is as tangible, something that has a clear starting point for discussion? Do I gently place a series of bluebirds on the diner table formica and hope the chaos of lunchtime doesn't kill the silence of these creatures? Of course, I may just be procrastinating with this line of thinking - at least I have a goal, a pact, and on May 1st I'll get some sort of face-to-face feedback about my work from people I admire.

So, about the bluebird. I've always avoided blue because it's just one of those colours that doesn't speak to me, but during my week off I realized it was right colour for this work. I'm leaning to the gray/blue end of things, but for me colour is incredibly symbolic and I'm still happy with this decision. I wasn't entirely sold on stitching paper onto my last bird, so I'm trying embroidering one letter at a time, with an idea of how I can arrange them later on. I prefer that it is all fibre now, and the blue linen is so melancholic and quiet. I'm not sure if I like the wing much, so next time I'll embroider before I piece together the body. Of course, these are small details, but I overthink them and it can keep me from progressing entirely. I'm trying to push ahead regardless and with Jay spending every night in studio for a show he'll have in June, I've been joining him instead of knitting on the sofa. Thankfully, every little bit adds up in time.

Which reminds me, as much as the sofa is beckoning me over, it's time to go play with blue.


Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my your bluebird is just lovely! I know what you mean about feeling that it is hard to have as big of an impact with visuals versus the concrete nature of words. Remember though that an image speaks a thousand words, and ones that will last in memory much longer. Love your work! :)


ragdoll said... [Reply to comment]

I will say that the pile of paper is quite satisfying, but the beauty of what you've created is so rich and expressive -- it's your wonderful, wonderful mind right there for us to explore. Bring photos. Or bring the birds themselves. Because the pact is as much about doing as it is about celebrating our joint successes -- our own little artistic (for lack of a less pretentious word) salon.

Ohla Ohla!! said... [Reply to comment]

love the simplicity and your detail work.

Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

Can't stop swooning over your lovely bird.... just beautiful!

I have some big news over at my blog as well, so if you have a moment, pop on over and take a peek. HUGS!