I was gearing up, finishing the studio, to be ready to open my space for October 1st. For an Open Studio, Community Felting event, and to celebrate Felt United. Such plans...long lists...and lots of work underway! And then the wood fell from the sky and landed on my head! This must have been on September 22nd.
I was preparing an installation of natural materials and the felt works they inspired. Driftwood, bones, feathers....some of the natural pieces are small, with extra large felts made in relation to them and some are super size, with miniture reflections of surface design and shape to accompany them. Expansion/contraction, range of focus, surface design....
One such piece- a piece of driftwood that stands about 9 feet tall and weighs about 60 pounds, was leaning on the wall, ready to be attached securely. I had my back to it, working on something esle, when it fell over, landing on my head and bouncing down my back. Loud yells, lots of blood, a serious concussion, and sore back...Time to lay quietly, reflect (not too deeply! I was not thinking clearly for a few days after the accident!)...and have some family time...pulling back from the artist's life and the studio time.
I have been absent from the computer, absent from my blog and emails, absent from my studio, absent minded....and cancelled all but the most essential of work tasks. I just want to sit and knit...well, just sitting would be fine, but I just can't justify that! I've managed to get the yarn and needles in one place, but can't chose a lace pattern for a new scarf and hat design I am working on....wooly headed...and not in the usual way!
Slowness....just for a few days... I feel there is something special coming out of this (driftwood) inflicted down time... not just an exuberant outburst of wool and color...something bigger, momentous, and planned and controlled. I just remembered a felt art piece I had in mind from a few years ago-never realized...working with wool and driftwood...dyed with plants indigenous to our homes...relating to our migration patterns...where we come from and where we go or find ourselves...I must come back to that thought! Very happy to be having creative thoughts again- they vanished for a week or so after the accident.
So- that's where I've been..and what I have not been doing...No pictures...as nothing is happening!
I'm feeling so much better and will be back with gusto next week!
I'd like to say just now- thank you for reading, and thank you for commenting....it is always so good to have your feedback and thoughts...so many new and wonderful friends through this place... and a beautiful way of keeping in touch with old ones, too-and I very much appreciate you all!