Things are getting more and more eccentric at Casa de la Swain. Changing styles in my textile work, falling in love again with painting and photography...and then there is the ever illusive quest for continuing creativity through working with Eric Maisel. Still on the road teaching, posting now at the Ragged Cloth Cafe and taking the pledge to keep handmaiden up to date.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Gabrielle with nothing to say...Shock!

I can just see you all now falling out of your computer chairs at the thought of me being mute. Kinda surprised me, also. Honestly and truly, nothing happend since I finished designing the new strata piece. No call from children or noisy neighbors....although I did have to brave the cold and wind to go to the grocery store.....practically a trek to the Pole. Other than that it was quiet and peaceful at La Casa Swain.
So why did I bother to blog at all. I blame it on everyone making their plans for the next year.....sheesh, I am not even sure what I will do tomorrow. I should mention that my 2006 teaching calendar is booked and closed so I do know where I will be when, but other than that, no pressing planning.
The grand plan for the end of the year was to get lots of tops made to take on said teaching trips and quilt. That is well in hand so cross that plan off. However, with all these tops in the works a thought has struck me. I am considering not entering but maybe a couple of shows next year. The first thing is the time it will take to get the tops done. The second is I don't want to short change any of them just to make a deadline. Ah ha! a plan don't enter the show until you have the quilt exactly like you want it....again not just cranking out work to keep your name out there. Hope you won't forget me during this hiatus.
The second thing that struck me today was Claire Fenton's welded piece. It is absolutely stunning. Not the sort of media common to fiber artist. Her work inspired me so much that I want to paint more. When you work in a different media, I think you bring back excitement, exploration and fresh ideas to your fiber work. Maybe not tomorrow but definately this week, I am going to paint. I felt some of my failed fabric design paintings were successful so I am willing to make another foray into something I hadn't done for years. Thanks Claire for the invaluable inspiration.
Okay, there it is a post of sorts....not even funny but do go check out Claire's blog.


Sonji Hunt said...

You had something to say. It just wasn't your usual ultra deep faire. But, since I'm not deep, I am highly impressed by your completely booked 2006 teaching schedule. Oh, to be a grown up artist.

Debra said...

I don't know Gabrielle... for someone with nothing to say, you blog filled my screen... 3 large paragraphs.

I was going to tease you about going out into the cold... but a check of the weather showed it is chilly in Texas!!

And HOW could anyone forget the wild and wonderful Ms Swain simply because she is not entering as many shows??

Olenka said...

Thanks for supporting the value experience in other art forms can bring to ones work in fiber. Having been away from quilting for many years & slowly taking it up again, it surprised me that some quilters didn't recognize the benefits of having a diverse background. I am very grateful to you and your art-quilting colleagues whose beautiful work and open sharing of techniques has both inspired and guided my begginning efforts in this medium. Enjoy your painting for its own sake, Gabrielle and see how refreshed you feel later when you pick up the needle to sew!

Lisa Call said...

I think your 3 latest pieces already showed signs of the paintings you did for the fabric. At least I felt it. And it was nice!

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