Thursday and Friday of last week I had a visitor. Adrian II, my grandson entertained us. He is very social...his father, my son, was just the opposite when he was this age...he was quiet and observant. Its been a very long time (14 years) since I've cared for an infant and having him around really takes me back. He is so easy to care for and loves music. I played blues for him this time because he reminded me of an old bluesman (we do nick names in my family) so I called him Blues Man and we rocked and clapped and rocked some more.
I was at the studio for about 5 hours today but felt dull and lack lustered. I've been so crazy about this piece but today I put it up and nothing, felt nothing...I think its more me than the actual piece because it looked just like I pictured it would and wanted it to and have been very excited about it until today. I tried working on the 3rd in the series but felt so uncertain about what I was doing that I placed it aside and took the red silk fabric (can be seen on the design wall a few posts down)and did some hand sewing on it with perle size 8 thread. The idea for what I want to do with this piece was inspired by 3 pieces by the artist Sam Gilliam that I saw over the summer. Its examining whether a monotone colour can hold its own with just using texture.
This is The Robey Clock, the 2nd in the Poetics Series. I used Jacquard Silk ExtraOrganza which printed better than the organza I pruchased from Dharma which I cut down to size and ironed on freezer paper to run through my printer. What works for me is the clock (printed on Jacquard silk) behind the sheer, the bone shell African beads in different sizes, the eyes, the stamp work on the background (another symbol for Sankofa), the close stitching lines and that brick red colour and the yellow. I think a mat and frame would improve it and I may do that later on. It has a raw edge with a zig-zag finish which suits the piece well. I'll return tomorrow to the studio space and hopefully will be able to make progress on the 3rd one which is a remake of Lena Bell.