I thought it would be fun to tell the story behind my Avatar the 'Creative Eye'. This was yet another experiment which resulted in a textile sample.
Many a time I’ve tried to analyze my thought and work processes! You know, how to get from A(the idea) to B(the resulting piece of work)
Every time I attempt it - I fail miserably. Why? Because it’s boring! This may sound naive and un-businesslike, but is it?
I think that sometimes, when it feels right, imagination and passion are the only powerful allies I need in the creative process.
If you are constantly stopping to evaluate:
What you are doing?
Which techniques you are going to use?
How long it will take?
Which materials are suitable?
The impetus is lost and “The train done gone”, so to speak! Yes, I know I still haven’t explained how I got to the end product, but I’ll try.
It all started with a little nocturnal foraging over on e-Bay. I found a strange little advertisement in the ‘not specified’ category(my favourite because I like ‘outside the box’ kind of stuff!).
3 Cats’ eyes. Please do not rush for the smelling salts! No fluffy felines were harmed during the attainment of these items,(no little kitties wearing eye patches). These were copper-clad, “road kill” items that just happened to pop out for a break. “So novel”, I hear you say.
Q. What were you going to create with them?
A. I haven’t the slightest idea, I just took a shine to them(pardon the pun)
Anyway, I wanted to create a textile postcard so I started with an eye/my inner eye - a cat’s eye?, Why not?
The little devils were on my mind and it just shows how small things can influence you. One small thing becomes a creative seed, that seed germinates in my inner eye. This filters down onto the “blank canvas” as stitches in threads and silks for the fine rain and beads, yes, seed beads, ready to germinate an idea!
The shape at the base of this piece is?
What you make of it. For me, it became an idea for a future piece, a future W.I.P. so to speak, hence the embryonic shape.
I started thinking, maybe this Embryo/W.I.P. had now begun to nurture me!(Or at least my creative thoughts) and so the umbilical cord was added to represent the link from the embryo or the seed of future ideas back to me, where it all starts again.
Either way, I loved the journey and I’m sure more Creative Seeds will grow in the future.
What strange things have been a catalysts for some of your work? I'd love to know!
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