I have no idea what I am doing.

various fabrics embroidered together

A few months back I mentioned that I was experimenting with some fabrics and thread to create new fiber artworks.

I have no idea what I am doing.

This is the first time I’ve created work with no predetermined concept, no sketching, no sense of where I am going.

To be honest, I don’t like it. I’m too impatient for this kind of work. I’m too afraid it will turn out to be a waste of time.

fiber artwork

And yet, I know I need to keep working on it. I’m drawn to it for some reason. There’s something about being lost inside an artwork that I need right now. It’s making me slow down somehow. Since I don’t know where the “end” is, what the final product is supposed to be, I’m not really in a hurry to get there.

various fabrics embroidered together

I’m still waiting for this to turn into the meditative, relaxing exercise I was hoping it would.

I have a feeling that just isn’t the kind of artist I am.

And, I’m ok with that.

Coffee is my savior.

tshirt with an picture of a coffee mug with angel wings and a halo

I love to make t-shirts and have decided to give a couple of my ideas a try.  I have attempted quite a few times to go the regular route of screen printing.  What I mean is, UV sensitive goop that you put on a screen that has a transparency taped to it that will magically appear on your screen after you let it sit in the sun for a particular amount of time.  It was a nightmare for me and I never liked the results.  Funny considering I love the dark room.  But, that’s beside the point.

tshirt with an picture of a coffee mug with angel wings and a halo

What I have enjoyed is using ModgePodge to make my own glue-painted screens, if you will.  I have to give a BIG THANK YOU to craftgrrl for her awesome tutorial. It is a great deal more fun for me and saves money too!

What I am also having a great time doing is finding tremendous deals on gently used clothing to use as my t-shirts.  It is cheaper and more challenging for me.  Sometimes the material sparks a new design.

tshirt with an picture of a coffee mug with angel wings and a halo

Experimentation

I have started experimenting a bit with my screenprinting.  I am trying to design purses around a screen print.  Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought what could be better than a heart?  I also had the screen already made and laying around, so it was great when I all of a sudden decided yesterday that I wanted to screen print on the next purse I made.

The best thing about experimentation is that it always leads down a path you have never been.  I gathered a great many new ideas in my head yesterday evening as I sewed my lopsided purse and pouch.  Check them out and let me know what you think.

My purses are available for purchase at my etsy store.