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It hit me today that I’m in my third week, time has flown, only three more to go.
The last week and a bit have been great, but also quite frustrating due to having to complete the fashion show pieces. It takes time, so I know I have to be patient and get them right, but there’s also so much I what to do before I leave here!
I’m nearly finished the six pieces which is relief and I can start something new.
At the end of today I did a small installation, it was nice to do something non-practical again, were I could just have a bit of fun!
I’m using similar colours in my work, so I might change my palate tomorrow and use more autumnal colours, change as the seasons change.
I love the work done by artist Marian Bijlenga
Bijlenga uses horse hair as her medium and develops structures, that may be why she is fascinated by nature and observes in detail the way things grow. Her sources of inspiration can be found in leaves, twigs and branches from plants.
Monday, 10th December
I have two dogs Rosie and Soarsia; they are walked every morning, meaning every morning before going to the studio I have the opportunity to walk, think and reflect. I find this one of my most creative times as it allows thoughts to flow freely as I unconsciously take in my surroundings. We always walk the same woodland circuit so I am able to view the day to day changes as we move from one season to the next. This is transgression of the seasons has always been a source of inspiration.
At the same time as I was experimenting with the above fibres I was also photographing the wood lands of Castlecomer Demesne and documenting the changing moods and gradual decay, as Autumn transgressed into Winter. I then played around with some of the photographs and printed on thin sheets of abaca that had been beaten for 2hours.
The results were very pleasing as the combination of the images and the translucent papers, represented the fragility of the landscape I was walking through. The quality of soft November light and the crackling sound of leaves under foot also echoed the sample papers that I was creating in the studio. It was a combination of these morning walks and the research in the studio, that became the inspiration for the bigger pieces created during the residency.