I can’t believe it has taken me this long to actually sit down and give this site the love it needs. I can’t express how hard it is to fit in everything I do into one day. However, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, most of my art is on display at Mormor in Shelburne Falls MA. I have gotten into a rhythm with the owner and I work super hard for a long time and then ultimately make a large drop of new artwork for her. I love hearing from her all of the different stories form people who encounter my work. Most people have never heard of it and I’m sure a quick glance in the direction of my work you wouldn’t know that it is paper. However, the stories I hear about the people who are intrigued by my work and even more exciting the stories from the people who buy a piece of my work, those stories make it a little bit easier to push through the brick wall and quill.
Recently, I completed an 11x14” quilled mermaid scene that I later entitled ‘Whimsy’. I have to say that I really let go and enjoyed the process of organically creating this piece. I used many techniques and as per usual there was something that needed to get ripped up and replaced.
I have a friend in the quilling community who I correspond with often and I regularly ask for advice about a piece I am working on or an upcoming piece. I am a person that likes to hash it out ahead of time and to be completely honest, I often times don’t have a lot of faith in myself or MY process. I have learned over time that she has been using super secret quilling spy tactics on me and actually getting me to think through my own process and in turn not being a part of it at all. There is something liberating about knowing the only person you have to please is yourself and I can say from personal experience there are times that not only do I NOT please myself but my project is one hot mess. In those instances I try to figure out what it is that I don’t like and work through how I could have done it differently and then I try like Hell to put it aside and move forward.
I spent some time yesterday working on creating the next video of my pieces for my portfolio and for anyone who is interested in the actual process of the pieces I make. Please forgive the parts that don’t look all that great. I wanted to make sure that I included some pictures of things that did not work and how I changed them to better the piece in the end. I was able to put in text for those pictures so the viewer could follow the changes that were made without it slipping by.
I hope to be adding more videos and posts soon. I really need some extra help right now just to get things done. I can’t explain how hard it is to stop doing something like a large mosaic and redirect all of my attention to doing something creatively different.
I hope that the video is helpful in explaining how and why things happened. I love reading comments from my blog viewers and especially in the quilling community. Spread the love and go Get Your Roll On!!!