threadwalker: (happy in my own world)
I feel like Winnie the Pooh, "Think, think, think, ... art, art, art..."

I've got my RSN cert course coming up in April. On day 1 I'll be taught a variety of goldwork techniques and then I will have to design a piece that highlights those and finish it in 10 days. I'm very concerned about my ability to design something appropriate.

I spent yesterday learning Jacobean embroidery from Lucy Barter (Forever Studios, San Francisco). She showed us color scans of apprentice pieces from the RSN and it hit me that I am a very linear thinker and I think the design aspect is going to be hard. I don't want to be adequate, I want to be good. And "good" is going to depend on a starting with a good design. I want to play with texture and light and since the piece will be an ocean of gold on a solid ground, I've got 2 colors: metallic and whatever the ground is.

So I've got piles of books all over my floor as I try to jump start my muse into playing "design something that will Snap! using surface couching, pearl purl, and bright chek." I have no idea if I will be allowed to work color elements (like Or Nue) into this or not. It looks like the muse is still sleeping off the sleeves. So far I've been doodling plants, Renaissance garden plans, and fruit. I'm thinking and doodling and thinking. Miss E snatches my sketch pad when I put it down and uses it as a guide to sketch something into HER note book. It's really cute and now she has pretty good copy-cat versions of all my sketches. I had a stray thought that if it's possible, I need to get her into an art class.

Think, think, think... I may start taking my camera everywhere with me and photograph stuff. Maybe I can find an interesting window frame with plants... there's a ton of cute gardens and run down houses near work. Maybe a window with a security grill that's framed in climbing ivy... kind of tells a story about life that appeals to my sense of humor 'live safe vs living free' ...

think think think... art art art...

Yay Art!

Dec. 23rd, 2009 10:19 am
threadwalker: (happy in my own world)
I'm taking an RSN class on gold work this spring. What's that? Teachers from the Royal School of Needlework (in London) come out here and teach an in-depth class on technique for 10 days. (April 17-27). They do it every spring and fall and I got into the spring seminar.

I'm very very excited. However, it won't be easy. I was just corresponding with another RSN groupie who told me how "lucky" I am. Luck? Or hard work and taking advantage of every resource on hand?

making my own luck; what my week at RSN will look like )

Anyway. I'm excited.

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