Let's use it this way anyway, shall we? I have certainly been feeling very maundy this week, although today, ironically, I have cheered up and as well as making some preparations for Easter I've been busy in my sketchbook.
For a long time now I've been as preoccupied with thinking about my work as I have with actually getting on with any. I've asked myself hundreds of questions and spent a lot of time seeking direction and inspiration. This is all good, but recently I've become restless and felt ready to start producing some more significant work again.
So this week I asked myself a new and more direct question:
'Very specifically, what body of work would you like to have produced by the end of this year?'
This is what I answered...
- A collection of stitch samples (hand and machine) which are completely personal to me in terms of method, materials, technique, colour and overall feel. More particularly, I am aiming to find a quality of line that I like, ways of exploiting a limited range of stitches, simple materials, and the achievement of a graphic and painterly feel.
- Similarly, I want to produce a series of paper samples which will improve the techniques and materials that I use in my drawing and painting. Working into and through different ways of making marks and textures until I feel totally comfortable with these techniques.
- A drawing-a-day (at least) to get my observational drawing skills into shape again.
- The production of some constructed pieces - cloth, paper, not sure yet - that feel personal and meaningful.
- The development of my Mouse Accessories products to a point where I am happy that they sit comfortably alongside my more expressive work.