Nearly two years have passed since I last wrote! So much has happened in that time, most of it good, but it’s time to get back to some creative joy. I’ve been starting lots and finishing nothing, and I need to change that.
Did you watch the Channel 4 series “Grayson’s Art Club”? That’s one of the main reasons I’ve dusted myself down and picked up this blog again. It was thought-provoking, calming, laugh-out-loud funny, sad and inspiring. It made me think about art, and what it is to me, and all those times I was told at school that I couldn’t do “art” because I couldn’t draw. Yet, here in front of me for six episodes were people like me, managing to find their outlet without the need for qualification, passing an exam or ticking a box.
I want to explore new avenues of fibre and textile art, and create more for myself. I don’t want the love I have for wool and fibre and colour to be a chore, a project deadline and a milestone. The last commission I made reminded me that I am capable of making beautiful things, but the pressure to finish and the reason why I was commissioned in the first place had a deep impact on me. I haven’t knit anything complex or ‘beautiful’ since. I’ve finished a few projects, but nothing which sparks joy. I decided that I will no longer knit commissions and have deactivated that page on this site. Maybe one day I might start again. But for now, its time for a different challenge!