woensdag 23 januari 2008

Layers V

before
after

Dinsdag: Nog een klein Layers stuk, ik dacht dat wanneer ik twee contrasterende kleuren zou nemen, dit wel eens heel mooi uit zou kunnen pakken. Niet dus! In ieder geval niet mijn kleuren. Misschien moet ik nu terug naar mijn eerste uitgangspunt van een aantal jaar geleden, de organza verven? In principe wil ik niet de ondergrond mee verven?

Woensdag: Deze notities maakte ik gisteren voor dat ik ging verven. Zie hier het resultaat. Ik heb een poos zitten dubben welke kleur ik zou gebruiken, omdat er al een rode stof als laag tussen zit.
Zo vind ik hem een stuk beter. Meer levendig.

Thuesday: Another Layers piece, I thought that when I took two contrasting colours of fabric, this could turn out very nice, but it didn’t! Not my colours actually. Maybe I have to go back to my first idea from a couple of years ago, painting the organza. But I don’t want to paint the background?
Wednesday: This notes I made yesterday before I started painting. This is the result. I doubted a while which colour I was gonna use, because there was one layer of red fabric all ready I choose for red paint. I like it better like this. More lively.

Now I have to explain something about the piece from yesterday; Debbi and Doreen both find me too hard for myself :-) They are both right. I learned during my textile education to be very critical (this education lasted three years, followed by an exam) We also studied History of Art in the afternoon, had to analyse all kinds of art, also the pieces we made ourselves. One off the things we learned is to look very carefully at a piece. What is the focus point? What part takes you’re attention first? Is the surface so designed that you’re attention goes over the whole piece? What does attract you in this piece? I still work in that way. When I make a piece I always analyse it very carefully, for me it is a continual learning process. (lucky me, I am still growing :-)) I need to get myself focussed. Any artist who constantly repeat his/ herself is getting boring, if you see one piece, you see them all. ( that is my opinion) I don't want to repeat myself, I go on till I am satisfied, till I know why some things work while others don't.The following piece I make has to be without the things I didn’t like in the previous piece. So looking back on the Layers IV piece: there is no focus point, I find the flat surface very dull; there is no tension. It is like a bought fabric. I don’t want that in a piece. There has to be some excitement. Sure, I like the surface but there is something missing. I will leave it on my desk for a while, maybe it will come to me? Now I am curious, how do you look at you’re work, are there more people who work like this?

7 opmerkingen:

Diana zei

Ich lasse auch manches erstmal stehen und irgendwann weiß ich, was ich ändere. Du bist wirklich zu kritisch mit Dir selbst- ich kenne niemand, der sooo viel und ausgiebig und wunderschön experimentiert :)

pascale zei

hi Jacqueline,

I really love you blog. It's very difficult to see your own work critically, especially if you don't have an appropriate artistical background. But it certainly helps if you have friends who are also textile artists and with whom you can share you ideas

Susan zei

Hi!
Although I don't have any textile or art training, I can relate to being overly critical. Critical thinking does seem to help one move forward, work harder, and to produce better quality work. It is the right path to a successful work of art...but finding a balance is very difficult. Focal points seem to be a problem for me too. I seem to fall in love with surface detail and texture...and lose sight of a focal point. I really admire your experimentations and your explanations of ideas and processes.
Susan

Debbi Baker zei

Hi Jacqueline - thanks so much for your explanation! I guess my perspective on these pieces was that I thought of them as a background or as a composition or design in progress. I understand what you mean about the focal point. They are absolutely beautiful textural backgrounds though!!

sharon young zei

Hi Jacqueline
I was very interested in your intellectual approach to your work. As I trained as a textile print designer I think it was always in my nature to incorperate image into my work even if that was in the form of patttern, so I rarely designed abstract pieces that didn't have a focal point. It's something I've only recently thought about and i imagine is much more difficult to get right in an abstract composition.
I think your pieces in the current post are addressing this issue well, as the lines of stitching keep your eye focussed on the opposing random shapes caused by the holes in the scrim. It's definitely a progression from the prevoius post and has taken it away from the feeling you had of a bought fabric.
When i get stuck with a piece, I'll go and work on something else for a while or take the dog out for a walk, do the washing up, anything that's mindless and lets me mull over what it might need and I usually hit on the right solution within a few days. But sometimes it can take months!!
Thanks for sharing your thought processes.

cat in tassie zei

hi Jacqueline

I just discovered your blog, and spent thelast half hour reading and looking at your wonderful work. There is too much to take in all at one time, so I'll need a few more visits to take it all in. I love your work, and you've inspired me to start using my heat gun!

Dianne zei

I absolutely love the red colour that you used - it is so rich and bold!!