As we’ve shown over the last eighteen weeks, The Artist has a meticulous, thoroughly researched way of working. He never starts a project until he has thought it through and has materials and tools in place ~ whether they be physical or virtual. Yet he has always professed to envy my free flow, ‘let’s~just~start~and~see~what~happens’ approach to craftwork.
Whether it be slapping shells and driftwood around a mirror; glueing torn tissue paper onto a balloon, or joining random scrumbles of crochet, I tend to work quickly and intuitively, allowing my art to emerge from apparent chaos. When I start out, I’m never sure how ~ or even if ~ the project will have a successful outcome. If it does, I’m thrilled. If not, no worries ~ I can usually re-cycle the disaster and try a different method, having learned the physical limitations of that medium.
I’m constantly thinking of alternative uses for waste items and packaging, (when given presents, I’m as delighted with the wrapping paper as with the gift it conceals.) I collect found items, without really knowing what to do with them; use up Martin’s left-over paint and buy vibrant yarns with interesting textures, from sale bins. Stuff that no~one else wants, that would otherwise be abandoned. I’m a happy amateur, who enjoys breaking rules to make quirky things that amuse me.
‘I wish I could work as spontaneously as you do,’ The Artist said, when admiring something I’d made.
‘You don’t really,’ I gave my stock answer, ‘if you did you would do it. Why don’t you give it a go?’
We’d had this conversation before, more than once.
But this time he took up the challenge, raided my stash of materials and came up with these:
VOS #19 POPPIES, MUSHROOMS AND DRAGONFLIES