Another suggestion to get myself thinking 3-D instead of 2-D was to play around with my collection of old fabrics and linens. Rolling them stacking them, taking pictures, etc. This post will be a visual diary of that experience. Comments are below each picture.
I starting by putting everything I had to work with on the table. Very cluttered, huh?
Detail of the pile of lace.
I knew if I rolled the bigger pieces that they would be hard to keep rolled in a stack with out tying them, so I decided to clear off my metal shelf and use this to support the rolls. So, I began rolling, and rolling, and rolling until the fabric pieces became to small to roll. I liked the way it ended up. It was fun to see all the colors together. I purposely started with the color fabrics and ended with the whites. I also wanted one side of the shelves to be neatly placed, while leaving the other side randomly cluttered. I don’t feel like this is a finished piece of artwork or anything, for those of you wondering. This is just an exercise to get my brain thinking more 3-dimensional. As most of you know, I work 2-D normally.
After rolling, I was ready to move on to stacking. I decided I would start with a stack of napkins and hankies. I pulled out all I had, and stacked from largest to smallest in a square format. These linens had been in storage, and were pretty wrinkled, but I stacked anyway without ironing them.
Then I stacked them again in a spiral. The wrinkles really bugged me of coarse, being the simple person that I am. WRINKLE=CLUTTER=CHAOS
So, naturally the next step was to IRON them and stack them again.
Ironed spiral stack
Detail of ironed spiral stack
Naturally the next step was to stack them folded. I think this stack was my favorite. Probably because it was the most organized, and you could see more of the lacy edges. Seeing them so neatly pressed reminded me of my mother. She had an antique linen business, and I have spent many hours watching her make neat stacks of linens.
I love the edges of these old linens stacked.
It was now time to move on to the lace scraps. How do you organize lace? I decided to contain it.
…then set it free.
This was one way to organize it. It was really fun to see everything all laid out. Each little piece is so beautiful, many of them handmade. It is really time consuming to make lace. I’ve never had the interest to learn or anything, but I have the highest respect for people who still do. (If there is anyone out there that still does?) It’s one of things that people don’t really think about how people used to make this by hand. Most of it now is machine made, of course.
That ends my day in the studio. It was today that I decided a blog would be a good way to document these explorations. I don’t know where it will influence my artwork. I’m still mulling over that one. I welcome any comments or suggestion on what else I should try.