These are the three blocks I have made so far for Willow Dreaming, the story cloth I started within the TAG project. I have stopped and started, stopped and started, again and again and again – hence the three separate blocks I suppose. I have been deliberating as to how to proceed. So many questions … do I want to continue with individual blocks, each figurative and showing a stage in the story? .. if so, how will I unify them? … and, are these really what I want to be doing? and on and on.
Then, a couple of days back, on my blog reading round, synchronicity tapped me on the shoulder. Dancing Crow (Lee) was writing about backgrounds and how she had spent nearly a year refining how she makes them. One of those lightbulb moments for me … of course backgrounds!!! Backgrounds, ground cloths are the starting point for any piece of work – it is what you work upon. I had approached working on this particular story cloth without the base, without a real foundation. No wonder I couldn’t see how to progress, I hadn’t given myself any roots.
I am now thinking that each one of these blocks is the beginning of individual story-cloths.
The initial compass block is a cloth unto itself – if it is going to expand then it needs to in the way it has started, ie with the same colour-ways, perhaps woven, perhaps pieced. It may well become the story map – seems to be where it is leading me. Willow’s starting point was at the centre of the compass after all.
Willow asleep on the second block speaks to me of a Dreaming cloth and I feel that this is what it will become – the story of the journey perhaps. It will mean expanding it out somehow – or perhaps creating a ground onto which this can be placed.
As for the Lizard block, well Lizard is crying out for his own cloth – for his own story to be told.
Or ….. I could start over ….. I think not! Having looked and looked and looked at each block, individual cloths will work and I feel so much happier having arrived at that decision. It’s the combination I find difficult – too much writing – not enough listening to the cloth – too much in my head – not enough stitching.
So, essentially, I have the potential for three separate cloths. It has taken me the better part of a year to get to this point, but I don’t feel that matters too much as it is all process and I am learning all the while – what I can and can’t do – how I want to work – what works for me and what doesn’t – all invaluable. Reading that it took Lee nearly a year to refine her approach to her backgrounds shifted my thinking – how I love the internet for the way it connects us all!
Time to get on with it then eh :).