So, I was all set on this quilt idea, but then, after talking with Birthe and Henry I realized I needed to spend more time with the material I’ve been collecting. Why did I start making a record of news headlines? What was I thinking/feeling that pushed me to start this routine which consisted of checking the news on my laptop and writing them out in my sketchbook. I reminded myself that I often work with routines:
March 2019 – March 2020: I went into my home studio and set with fabric, needle, and thread for 2 hours each day. I wasn’t always successful sticking with the schedule but that was the intention.
October 2019-March 2020: Every day I walked with my dog, I picked up a stick then took it to the studio and wrapped it in yarn. The wrapping would take 15 minutes – 1 hour. Sometimes, I wrapped more than one stick. I hung the sticks on my walls.
2018: For a year, I recorded how many times I went to a yoga session, how many times I did yoga at home, how many times I meditated, how many days I worked at my job, how many times I went to a coffee shop. In 2019, I stitched my data.
there’s more, but you get the idea
ROUTINE = STRUCTURE ROUTINE = CERTAINTY ROUTINE = CONTROL ROUTINE = PROGRESSION ROUTINE = PROCESS ROUTINE = PROGRESS ROUTINE = EXPLORATION ROUTINE = EQUANIMITY ROUTINE = BEING IN THE MOMENT ROUTINE = …
How do I work with the covid-19 news headlines I’ve been recording since March? I had this image in my head of transfering the headlines to a quilt…because we take the news with us to bed. Many of us look at a phone or ipad before bed and upon waking up…news, news, all the time, so even the space that should be comforting us is compromised.
I’m showing up to the studio but feeling lost. Don’t seem to be able to easily settle in and focus on anything, so…I am revisiting recent work and wondering if I’ll continue exploring the deconstruction of the stitch.