Sunday, August 6, 2017

Do You Multi-Task?

     When you create artwork do you do several at once, several types of things at once, or work on one piece from start to finish before starting another? I used to do the latter. I didn't feel comfortable enough to start a second (or third) piece until the present one was completely done. I didn't like my mind to wander onto other projects and lose my focus. But now that I'm in the Art Cloth Mastery program, I find the need to have several things and processes going on at the same time. There are a lot of things I want to accomplish before my next session in October and I find that one process helps another.
     For example; while I'm waiting for a cloth to batch in the dye bucket, I can hand-stitch another piece or do some color studies with paint. If I'm not sure how I want to hand-stitch a larger piece, I audition stitching on a smaller collage with the same imagery. While I'm trying to choose imagery for an artwork I have in mind, I assemble the background fabrics and have them hang on the design wall to stare at for inspiration. Here is my design wall today. On it is an almost finished piece in gray on the left, the middle one in blue is done printing and layering but needs to have hand-stitching added and be put onto a felt backing, and the green one on the right is waiting for inspiration for imagery to add to it.
The small pieces on top are collages I made with leftover prints and dyed fabrics from the larger ones. They are waiting to be mounted onto a yet undecided surface. 

waiting for stitch and backing
small stitched collage in progress
another small stitched collage
     So I've changed how I work on art and I think I like this new way of having several things going on. It's more relaxing for me to spend part of day hand-stitching and another part of the same day dyeing fabric, and another part of the day in designing mode. It felt more intense to spend the whole day in the studio working on the same process. Live and learn. 
     I'm linking this with Off The Wall Friday where you can find other art quilt blogs. Please make comments on the artists' posts so that they know you visited. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. From the start I have always had a number of textile projects on the go. Sometimes I do not want to cope with making decisions or sometimes can not solve the how to bit, or perhaps I want to be messy and playful and for me the most relaxing bit is the free machining while I listen/watch TV or listen to the radio. Irene from Northern Ireland

    1. I, too, like to listen to the radio while I stitch. It's a good way to get "lost" in the work. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I always had a hard time imagining how people worked on one project from start to finish. Multi-projects is a natural way of work for me. Glad you are enjoying this process.

    1. The downside to several projects at one time for me is that I procrastinate on doing the parts I don't like; sewing on facings, making labels, etc. But since there are built-in deadlines I do get them done eventually. Thanks for visiting.


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