Returning back to my own studio after being at Pam's for a week and working alongside her in her glorious studio always includes a bit of adjustment time on my part...as my absence no doubt does in hers. Once the boxes had been unpacked and my studio semi-organized, I slowly got back to work.
One of Pam's what ifs kept nudging at me to try it too.
She'd experimented by sewing a few tucks into her mono printed fabric.
I loved the results, especially for the sculptural possibilities it offers.
This is definitely one of my favorite shots from the week...the light, Pam's hands, the work.
On Thursday, I sat down at the sewing machine and started stitching
various sized tucks in a long piece of green tea rusted cotton.
Something a juror once said of how I approached my weavings has stayed with me through the years and it was this thought that kept whispering to me.
Foon Sham, artist and professor at the University of Maryland, was one of 3 jurors for The Art League's call for entry for solo exhibitions the year I decided to be brave enough to apply. To be honest, getting my work in front of Foon Sham was the reason I applied.
In his notes about my work, he commented that I liked to create a pattern and then break it. And he was right. I did it intuitively as a point of interest, yet had never recognized it as such.
This week, I did it on purpose.