‘My past meshes with my present’ a quote by Anne Truitt, which I found in Judy’s journal and the phrase buzzed in my head and turned into this:
As a child I started making; I made drawings and earrings and clothes and things, without too much thought. During and after Art School I learned how to paint with oils, on canvas and wood and this became my Art and all the other things I made were separate, the patchwork (table)cloths, the earrings, the doodles and knitted socks, the experimenting with embroidery, the decorative painting on furniture, mosaics and so on. I wanted to fuse these separate ways of expression and somewhere in 2007-2008 I began sewing on my paintings with embroidery thread and sequins, cutting them up and re-using bits, I had no idea there might be anyone out there up to anything similar, nor did that matter, I just had to do it.
Last year I decided it was time to start a blog, and before I did I ‘discovered’ a world of like-minded people, looking and making and and sharing their knowledge and worlds, and for me it is a new phase on my journey; at times I feel I’m plodding and then all of a sudden there is a new viewpoint and I am rewarded with fresh insights and glimpses of truth…and in my studio I feel more connected, within and without, and as I grow older I realise that I will continue the making (because I have to ) with more seeing and feeling than before and less inhibiting thought(s). I’ll keep on making mistakes and (un)learning from them and keep on looking, listening and asking questions, (un)doing, uncovering.