|Big oil spill in progress|
I've got three substantial works in progress at the moment and flit between them according to where I am, how hot it is or whether my fingers are getting tired of felting needle, stitching needle or crochet hook. The making is of course in addition to working on a few proposals and applications and negotiating to consign existing works to out of town galleries. 2012 is turning out a busy and exciting year!
|The needle-felted top of Te Aroha (935m)|
I've finally pushed out my Tui Mine piece from the shores of planning and preparation onto the wide sea of making. Starting at the top of Te Aroha, thick pads of New Zealand bush greens are being felted onto the contour lines above the mine. I'm still waiting for embroidery threads to arrive in the post before I start stitching and can get a sense of what these mottled colours will ultimately look like. Hopefully less like camouflage fabric than they look right now!
|My whole floor area covered in blankets and pattern pieces to be cut out for the big oil spill|
Meanwhile, my urge to stitch is more than being satisfied with long waves of big black oil spill. All the pieces of blanket are cut out, and as I felt, then stitch them around the edges of this very large work, it becomes more and more awkward to manage. Rolled up in its dust sheet I think of it as a baby whale, soft, heavy and compact. But there is no longer anywhere big enough in my life to spread it out to see in full or pin the newest piece flat. I have to work in sections with the rest of it folded or piled out of the way. Despite this limitation I can tell it's looking good, well past its unlovable adolescence and into a big bold strong maturity.
|Dispersant: colour check|