Sunday, December 18, 2005

Crescent Moon

I am lagging behind with loading photos into my blog- but the top is now done and the quilting is going in at the moment. I don't ever think of a quilt as complete until the stitching goes in as it always changes the way it looks.However the week and weekend has been occupied with to and froing of kids and sleepovers- and though I work full time I seem to get landed with these jobs as well as the housework and cooking- which heavily interrupts my time. So I have had one of those weeks where i am pulling out my hair in desperation- on th eupside it can only get better I hope. Found my hand stitching threads I intend to take up to my mothers when we go visit a few days before Christmas. I can't really afford the time as I have so much to do before I go to Egypts- but every year seems to suffer form a lack of time.

Sharon B
has a really interesting post on Visual Journalling on her blog. I entirely agree with her comments and encourage you to read them. There seems to be a current phase that your journal must look like an artwork in its own right, and mine is anything but. I somtimes feel like i would like to make an art work journal, but the truth is I use it much more for sketching ( and I mean sketching- my drawings tends to cartoon and line drawings without colour), comments, ideas register and one I had forgotten but did yesterday keeping a track of what you are doing or have made. I had thought I had not made much this year but when I wrote it down I find that this has been my most productive year so far in terms of completed work- just doesn't feel like it. I don't have many UFO's, though find in the last two years I have taken to having more than one thing on the go.I digress a journal is a means of recording and planning and as Sharon says reflecting- sometimes it does take years of mulling for an idea to come to completion- and a journal can help you backtrack.I usually take a new journal for each phase of travelling I do- sometimes I am quite productive other times not. I still want to revisit an idea of St Valeri's cloak in the Barcelona Museum of Textiles- where beside the tattered and patched inner cloak is a map of appropriation to museums around the world- a sort of fabric relic collecting.

Sometimes i work with drawing and design ideas other times I just doodle and write and yet other times I write. But I do revisit my journal quite regularly.

4 comments:

deb said...

This piece is so rich and juicy. Your work always inspires me to go upstairs to my studio and start rooting around in my stash looking for similar excitement.Now if I could just catch a dose of your work ethic..........

deb said...

And now I have just stumbled across a link that took me to your Picture Trail and am truly stunned. Where will I be able to buy a copy of your book?

sharonb said...

thanks for the mention /reaction to my piece on visual journals as I feel many people are put off by feeling they have to make a resolved page/journal which is really not the point.

cfent said...

this isa wonderful piece, dijanne...
very rich and lush/
hugs
claire