is a good word.
Lots of stuff going on. Keeping this straight to the point as much as possible. Nothing extra –just the point:
verb |rēˈkap| (recaps, recapping, recapped) [ with obj. ]
state again as a summary; recapitulate: a way of recapping the story so far | [ no obj. ] : to recap, it’s been a year full of ups and downs.
noun |ˈrēˌkap|a summary of what has been said; a recapitulation: a quick recap of the idea and its main advantages.
A little background for those that don’t know. . .
I arrived in this program from a somewhat diverse educational background in graphic design, photography, fine art and Women and Gender Studies. One of my goals for grad school (all of us most likely) was to figure out my voice and what I wanted to pursue as an artist. Coming from different areas sometimes it’s easy to get lost. I could almost stop right now and label my work as being, “In a confused-infancy state” and end the blog post here. There is more to it than that I think; I’m working on the language which feels like the slowest process in the world!
What I’ve been doing, contemplating and thinking about:
Looking at a lot of artists. Drawing with a sewing machine. Trying to find my voice, figuring out how my background relates to who I am as an “artist”and being confident in that. Keeping a journal. Politics. Environmental Issues. Appalachia. Moral issues. Not sleeping. Thinking about ideas I had when I first came into the program here at CCAD; experimentation, layering and exploring mediums and materials.
It’s hard to talk about my work in terms of the solid content because it is not refined or finished yet. I need to make and then move through these hard questions one by one. I have been working with repetitive line, form and this act of mark making and creating. Organic forms. What feels right to me at this moment is to continue to work as much as possible and as I’m working taking the time to step back and ask myself those hard questions. I realize there are many disadvantages to working this way however, this is the only way that I can think clearly and figure out the answers at this point. Last semester I tried to push things along to fast and I ended up getting caught up and distracted. Thinking of how I usually do things, I usually end up making way more mistakes and taking unnecessary paths until I end up on the right one. It would have been nice to enter the first semester of grad school with more things figured out —The answer is found in the previous sentence, which means: I tend to do things backwards and make many mistakes.
What I’ve been working on this semester so far:
My original project has taken some turns. Surprise. I wanted to push the use of technology in my work however, I have been really caught up (no pun intended) with sewing. Which is technology, really. Pushing machines to do things they are not really intended for is interesting. I have been fighting with my machine for the first part of the semester. The results are kind of funny to me. Poking fun at myself and calling it “Domestic Frustration” at first but I started to enjoy the therapeutic nature of sewing a line. Which kinda makes sense thinking of how the line drawings I’ve previously made are very much a form of therapy. With that said I am working on a piece where I will be using the laser cutter–eventually.
Sewing relates to so many things. . . it also goes back to my appalachian roots. Just not quite making a beautiful quilt like my grandmother would have— but a crazy-frantic “thing” that somehow relates.
Instead of working within a contained fine line I have been making these crazy, absurd line gestures on any material I can find such as vellum, bristol, photo paper, scrap fabric, etc. . . Most of the fabric I have been using was given to me by my mother in law. With the exception of one large piece that I am working on. I bought a nice piece of cotton fabric and it really does make a difference with how the quality of the line work appears. However, it is all interesting to me. I have been learning how the machine works, how I can push it and what I can do with it. I took Carmen’s advice and bought a free-form foot for my machine and it made all the difference! (thank you!) I have spent so many hours fighting with this thing that I started to feel how some of the line work looks—crazy. Now, I have a decent handle over how to move material through the machine and controlling it or not controlling it, stitch settings and everything else. It is to be noted that I can thread my machine in seconds and fix problems like jumbled bobbin thread quickly! Woo-hoo!
More images of the process soon. . .