Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Starting the Big One

I am almost finished with my five inch maze cube...just a bit of sewing my sixteen harness loom is ready to for its next project.

Next up: my piece for the exhibit Ebb Tide at Convergence-Tampa 2008. It's a juried international yardage exhibit. I exhibited last year with my beetle piece which received an honorable mention. If I recall, minimum size is nine feet by eighteen inches.

I need to get the piece woven and finished plus an eight by eight inch sample done by January 1 so I can ensure I can get good pictures for the jurors. Since my yardage will be over 10 feet long and woven with sewing thread and three shuttles I need to get going!

The best way I know of to really get going on a giant project is to clean and re-organize the studio. So that is what I did today. I tossed a bunch of stuff. Organized some stuff. Moved some stuff. Touched and decided to deal with some stuff and not deal with other stuff. Then the studio was dusted and cleaned. It has now been re-arranged so I have a huge table which only has the stuff [loom, thread, pattern, notes, shuttles, scissors...] for the new piece and lots of empty space! I am ready.

In the newly arranged studio there is also a new space for the borrowed baby Shannock loom which has the tapestry I am currently working on.

There is also a place for me to sit and write on my computer. The computer in my studio is not connected to the Internet. I only use it to write notes and thoughts about the pieces I am weaving and watch DVDs. It also contains the beginnings of my novel. I occasionally read the prologue and first chapter and marvel how good it is.

THEY say there is a novel in everyone just waiting to come out. Mine is having a tough time coming ...perhaps a laxative is in order.

THEY also say you need to have a special spot to actually sit there and write. I now have one so good bye to that excuse.

THEY also say you should have a designated time where you just sit there and work on it. Now there's a problem. My writing area is right next to my tapestry loom and in close viewing distance of my sixteen harness loom.

Hmmm...write or weave...weave or write...what a dilemma!


Laritza said...

With the things you weave, I would say WEAVE! let others do the writing.

Bonnie said...

I often say there is a novel, a quilt and a stained glass window in everyone. I believe you are ahead of me.