On Saturday 9 March, I had my EDAM 2nd Term tutorial with Ute Kreyman. Filling in the questionnaire and talking through how the drawing course was feeding into my art practice gave me a lot to think about. I took in the cloth I'd been working on when on sewing retreat in Glenthorne and photos of both my drawing and textile work as a basis for discussion
I'm really enjoying the challenge of EDAM, learning to love charcoal and working on large scale, moving away from representational to more abstract, reacting to layers and marks rather than preconceived pictorial idea.
Of particular value/interest in regards to composition and large scale mark making was large scale drawing with Tony Hull, starting off with blind drawings of object, building up layers , drawing wrapped object then disrupting what had produced, adding extra paper.
I started off by showing past work in quilts – square/rectangular format as I will be working on 2 similar pieces for group exhibition at Creek Creative, Faversham in September .
With my most recent piece ‘Wind Me In The Sea’ ( currently exhibited in 7th European Quilt Triennial ) I've been looking at working in a more 3D format , double sided, continuous loop.
I'm interested in recording journeys/mapping ( carrying out research both online and in books - I received several for Xmas! ) and was am inspired by the Oceania exhibition at RA, the teachers notes on Marshall Islands map and John Pule.
Besides my drawing practice ( sketching every day as well as the EDAM work) I talked about the
importance of ‘ Mapping a Sense of Place’ with Mathew Harris - going for a walk , collecting
objects, recording memory of walk in inks on paper/ primed calico strip . Blind drawing of
objects collected then 6 tasks in a chosen ‘space’ (looking at line, repetition, shadow etc ) and 6
processes ( paint, stitch, collage , etc) order selected using dice.
I'd tested out and repeated the procedure in my recent sewing retreat in Lake District with addition of making quick sketches along walk as aide memoire ( as well as taking photos ) .I also made detailed drawings of some of the objects I collected.
This process has a lot of potential that I wish to explore further in local area ( eg walk to station)
In moving towards a more sculptural approach Ute suggested I could:
- look at work of David Smith - sculpture with sense of drawing eg Hudson River Landscape
( which was one of my favourite pieces in the Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the RA )
- Try using fabric manipulation , use like clay or wood , keep small
- Drawing in 3d with mark- making ( strips of fabric/ thread)
- Collaging 2d to 3d (colour compositions)
- Reference the intermediate drawings of wrapped object from large scale drawing
I've always been interested in ceramics, old pots and pot shards , “ the hand of the maker “
( and attempted a 3D piece in fabric before (‘Taplow Vase’) with mixed success!)
We then discussed what I found most difficult and ideas for the 3rd term individual project and exhibition . I always have too many ideas, and difficulty deciding what to concentrate on ( Advice that can only understand 1 message in 1 piece, the rest should be noted in sketchbooks )
The exhibition at RK Burt will be ‘Works on Paper’ .
As I wish to continue with ideas of mapping , I need to investigate how paper can substitute for
fabric in ‘cloth’ pieces ( concerns about difficulties in stitching paper as it tears)
I feel a shopping expedition coming on to see what papers are available from Shepherds and test out