The last days of the year are upon us. I know the particular day on which the year changes is more than a little arbitrary but the culture of the year end is still strong. Re-assesment (and self-assessment for the self-employed!) pervades our thinking. And so this week I began giving away some of my artwork to family members as the start of some deck-clearing activity for the year to come. No more cyanotypes of lace and leaves or of anything else for the time being. A move to a smaller studio space means I have to focus on what I want to use it for - and that boils down to concept-based textile work and textile accessories.
This year's concept project is in its early stages and involves textiles, maths and biology - no more to say until the research is underway in January.
The wearable part of my work will continue to explore the continuum from necklace to scarf to wrap to jacket. I anticipate some larger felt pieces coming out of this small space. I've also fallen heir to some lovely, pure wool, vintage blankets that may well form the basis of some domestic accessories (cushions and the like) with needle felted embellishments.
Anyway, the old year has made me very tired indeed but I'm bursting with ideas for the new one - I just hope for the time and the energy to carry them out.
Happy New Year to all of you out there in the blogosphere!