Gosh, February already – where does the time go?
A theme for working on this year came knocking at the door to my brain and it won’t leave me alone. It surfaced after I completed Nanowrimo in relation to the place/s that my character visited – I realised that the land was without a name, so too the places within it. What is needed? A map – yes, of course! .
So it began, although to be fair it had been around at the beginning of the TAG project too – we were supposed to start with a map, but as I had no idea where the character was going I didn’t.
The word, the notion, the idea, the theme for a body of work perhaps. For a change, instead of diving straight into piece/s of work I have decided to keep the focus mainly in a sketchbook as the theme, once lodged in my brain, expanded like dough left to rise. I have begun by making a mind map – how appropriate!
This would be it:
You can see it is a somewhat large topic, but, as I say, it has grabbed me and is not showing any signs of letting go. As is the way with synchronicity I came across a book by Katharine Harmon called “You Are Here – Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination”. As the title suggests it is a collection of maps of various kinds including those written in both prose and poetry as well as the visual. A brilliant find. Also, around the same time I went to the wonderful Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum. Now I have been a fan of his work for some while, particularly his Map of an Englishman and the Walthamstow Tapestry. At this exhibition though were other examples of his “maps” which further spurred me on.
My intention for this year then is to continue with the large cloths, the Gaia’s Garden and the Dreaming Cloth, both of which have a huge amount of work to do to complete them. I have several other smaller pieces on the go as well – I shall work on these also. I feel the need to complete already started pieces before embarking on anything else of size. Mind, I have had this intention before but not put that intent in writing – perhaps doing so will make a difference. Such an undisciplined soul this one. I am easily distracted and attracted by the ‘new’ – I can be happily working on a piece, something else comes along and draws my attention and off I go. Before I know it I have several pieces on the go at once, some laying dormant for a very, very long time. I understand this is the way it is for many, however, I really do have a hankering to finish some. I find if I have too much scattered around me it makes it difficult for me to focus – yes I know, the physical surroundings echo the mental state – ‘nuff said.
On my 2012 agenda as well is the revision/rewriting of the Willow story and subsequent posting of it. I am hoping I shall write more and let that become a habit – I enjoyed the experience so much it would be a shame to let it drift.
Those would be my intentions for 2012. Now all I have to do is ‘make it so’ . Wish me luck 😉 .