Well, finally

I’m finally back! Nothing like an upcoming exhibition to get the juices flowing.

So here’s how that happened: out of the blue, I got an e-mail from a production company putting up a yearly craft fair that includes a textile art exhibition. I had been recommended to them, and would I like to participate? This was less than a month before the actual event, so this kind of blew my mind and kicked me into overdrive. The funny thing is that I’d just finished the large piece I’d been working on for the last six months or so, and was wondering if I was ever going to be able to exhibit it somewhere. Well, here was my opportunity!

Indigo pigment for a background fabric which I ended up in an entirely different piece

Indigo pigment for a background fabric which I ended up in an entirely different piece

Speaking of the large piece, that was quite the journey. After sewing the 1000 pillows, I planned an re-planned, started and re-started. I changed my mind about it, took it apart after being almost finished, started over so many times that it’s not even funny. I won’t bore you with the details, just know that I had to do chemistry, math (some of it wrong) and then heaps of handwork (some of it several times due to the wrong math) until I finally ended up with something I’m really happy with.

Some versions that didn’t make it

Some versions that didn’t make it

I didn’t end up using all 1000 pillows, just 900 of them, but I’ll live…

As I said, the invitation to the exhibition kicked me into overdrive. I’d been out of my regular working routine for a bit, with a long overdue summer vacation, some home improvements and other life events taking up most of my time. Working on that one large piece felt like an indulgence, something I did for fun with no real purpose behind it. But this invitation turned everything around. I fell into production mode, made two new larger pieces, a small one, and repaired/improved two smaller ones as well. And even though the exhibition is next week and I don’t even know if I will finish it in time, I started on another one, just because I couldn’t stop. The ideas just keep flooding into my brain. As soon as I finish one (or even get close to finishing it) the next one, two or even more are already lined up in my mind. And why stop? Apart from maybe giving my poor hands a rest from time to time… but that’ll have to wait until the storm of inspiration dies down. Or I get carpal tunnel, whichever happens first…

The final result

The final result