I returned to the studio last Friday for the first time since my father passed. Being there gave me back the feeling of standing on solid ground. I did a sheer lamination that put the be-bop back in my hip-hop. I used the same Adinkra symbol for law, order, authority, balance that went into Crowbonics:The Scroll and screened the medium through the design in soy wax.
The cloth underneath is a Jacquard that Peter brought back from Nigeria some years ago. Not sure if it was made in Nigeria. I'm recalling a documentary that discussed African fabrics being manufactured elsewhere. Peter pointed out that the jacquard is much more valued than the adire cloth I asked for. Adire is considered a "common cloth". (Being the peasant woman that I am, that figures.) I will put some hand-writing/symbols on the jacquard. I'm leaning toward this one being called The Songbook or The Hymnal.
I had "ummm moment" last Friday when I was in the studio. Two of the coolest women stopped in and enjoyed looking at the work I have displayed. One was a quilter from Columbus, Indiana and the conversation was uplifting and affirming. I invited her to come down and dye with me when she thought she was ready to start. I get pumped talking about my processes more than any other aspect of conversation about my art. I'm really not set up or focused on selling from the studio, so when she asked me how much for one of the 6"x12" pieces, I shrugged my shoulders and said "make me an offer" or something in that vein. And yeap, she thought it was just as strange reply as you're thinking it is right now. I've been thinking about my response since and I know I need serious help to get to the business side of all this, but I've said it before, my energy is limited and what energy I have, I'm devoting to art making. Its not that I don't value my completed pieces, I do, but its the process of making that is more relevant to my well being and it is a conscious choice.
There is an organization here that supports artists with disabilities and I've spoken with them back in 2008 when I was looking for space still. They've since moved and are closer to me and near Mellwood and I'm thinking I'll return before the year is out to see what marketing services are currently available.
This week I've been pushing boulders up a moutain...in the midst of a fibro flare and yesterday was the worst I've ever experienced. I had to use a cane to get up the steps. It humbled me. I had to miss a meeting I was looking forward to at the library for feminists artists. Its so rare to be able to hold discussions about art making and what factors come to bear as I live trying to be the strongest me possible.
Other than the lamination sheer, I spent time finishing up these postcards with beads. I'm undecided whether to complete them as postcard art or small art only.