My work always seems to be evolving. I don't know if it's because I love the challenge of pushing the creative energy or just that there are so many ideas rattling in my head there isn't enough time left in life to get it all out into the world. One thing I never do is work when I'm not in a good space. I don't like the negative energy seeping into my work. Besides the creativity gets blocked and I end up running in circles and am never happy with how pieces are coming together.
When I get into the trance state is the best place to be since that's when I create pieces that surprise me in a pleasant way. When I'm in that state I feel like I'm just the grunt putting the pieces together and some outside energy is telling me what to do. Does that mean the work isn't really mine? I question that at times but it also seems to be part of the process of my letting go and letting the pieces fall into place without effort. As I grow more into having the energy from the other side help me create I'm finding myself asking for it and wanting its help. That doesn't mean it happens every time but it's always a great day when it does. Always looking forward to that trance kind of day.
I have a lot of pieces that are in the process. Some panels that have been started but they sit there waiting to be finished. I had one that I had done the background on a few months ago. It has been sitting for some time but earlier this week I started getting the nudge of finishing it. There was no planning involved but just slowly adding and taking things away to see what works and by the end of the day the piece was finished. And that made it a great blessed trance day.
There are a lot of steps that goes into making a piece. One of the first things I do is get my art supplies ready. In my eco-printing process I take plants and rusty bits to do mark making by seaming them. Each print does it's own unique thing and that's what's so amazing about the process. The other thing I love about it is that it's working with nature.
There's always a pleasent surprise when unwrapping them as you can see above. The plants and rust have all made their own markings on the silk. Now they just have to be washed to get all the debre out and after drying they are ready be used. The piece that I was working on has this added in two places. They are both stredded wrapped. One is wrapped around the piece of drift wood and the other is wrapped in the bundle that has horse hair. It seems like an unneeded step in the process but it's about recycling and repurposing material. Destroying one to be sacrificed and given rebirth into an new piece. It's like the cycle of life and how always moving forward. Each bundle is always blessed to honor and protect the home of its new owner. The story behind the bundling is here.