I spent many cold, dark winter evenings ensconced in my easy chair near the fire, sewing beads to "Squirrel and Locust", the newest work in my Flora and Fauna series, and I finished it up today. It's enormously time-consuming work, but in a pleasant, meditative way, and it has added tremendously to the overall look of the piece so I'm glad to have made the investment. (You can read more about how I do the beadwork in this previous blogpost.) Above is just a quick detail snapshot; I'll take the official pictures soon and get them up on the website. I'm really looking forward to sharing this one and getting some reactions!
I've just about finished a complete studio re-do. My reorganized space is already a joy to work in, everything is easy to find and the work flows more readily from station to station, so I'm predicting I will be able to up production a notch or two. Today I pinned up the prints and fabrics to audition for "Skunk and Garlic Mustard" on the design wall, so that I can give that composition some consideration, and just for fun I used my new spacious work table to paint some fabric:
I spent a snowed-in day scanning a raft of old documents, pictures, and ephemera from my study abroad that are also tweaking the creative neurons in a stimulating way. I love, love, love this bit of Kannada script that I wrote for an exam. At one time I was proficient enough at it to get a "B"; unfortunately that knowledge has faded from disuse, but I still admire the graceful beauty of the letter forms:
And last but not least, I rediscovered my fabulous vintage Indian religious comic books, including Shiva Parvati:
Isn't that a cool cover? It's a very dramatic story, told succinctly in comic book format, and it only set me back 2 rupees. Good stuff.