Friday, August 1, 2008

vulnerable fragments

Now that I have exposed my vulnerability by showing you my very dull shoes, I will reveal another flaw. I am a procrastinator extraordinaire, cursed with the terrible affliction of not being able to make art unless I have some sort of outside commitment like a show. One of my great joys is making art but I can't seem to do it without a looming deadline. I'm sure it has something to do with fear of failure, fear of success, frozen by perfectionism, or some other common human neurosis. Anyway, the bottom line is that I do well with a nice tight deadline. And today I've got one. This weekend Hudson is having their annual street fair and some of the artists at Mouche Studio Gallery will be doing demonstrations in their media. I will have a table showing my process of cast paper and perhaps some sewing on paper. So I thought it might be a good idea to make some cards to sell. I was hoping to go into full production mode this week and produce some cards but for three days I was struggling with a migraine. So yesterday I headed into my studio and made a start. And I'll be there again today. What gets done gets done. Pictured above are a few fragments of some old work (acrylics and collage)that I will incorporate into some cards. Tomorrow I will post some of the cards that I plan to make today. Wish me luck!

9 comments:

Robyn said...

I love the fragments and look forward to seeing the cards....and photos of the street fair, perhaps.

Shayla said...

Yes- wishing you luck! Thoes are beautiful fragments. They will be very special cards.

lynne h said...

kate, i didn't think your shoes were dull at all... but then that's a virgo talking!!

i'm wishing you luck making cards and will eagerly check for them tomorrow!

Jo Horswill said...

Kate...I just kept saying "YES" as I read your post today...I too suffer from the same affliction...
I can get so worked up about making art, I end up making 'NOTHING'...I get so frustrated, at times.
Thank goodness for my monthly deadlines...
I love your 'fragments', and wishing you luck Kate, in your card creating.
Glad your feeling better now:)
Jo

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Hope you had a productive day!

Jacky said...

I'm sure your cards will look amazing.
I'm very much a procrastinator too, always needing that little push to get me started. Like you deadlines help, as I dont like to let anyone down!!! Otherwise, I just dither about.....
I am loving this paper casting you are doing, looks very tactile.

kate said...

Thanks all for your kind words about my fragments and your encouraging comments in general. The blogging community is such a supportive one!

robyn...check out my post today for photos of the street fair.

shayla...thanks for the luck!

lynne...so sweet of you to defend my shoes!

jo...nice to know I'm not alone in my affliction! Another thing we have in common!

ww...thanks for the wish of productivity. I didn't actually produce a lot but I made progress in figuring out what direction I should head so I guess your wish for me came true.

jacky...that's it! The motivator is not wanting to let anyone down. Why is it so easy to let ourselves down but not others? Oh well...I've been procrastinating so long that it's just part of my process now!

Uschi said...

Oh I also know these "last-minute-shows" ;)And I also cut things into pieces...sometimes they're very inspiring for a new bigger work.
How did these pieces come out as cards?

kate said...

uschi...they actually look exactly as they do in the photo. Three fragments in a vertical stack mounted onto a note card.