The Saturday market here in Revel has been going on since the 14th Century. Just like pictures you have seen in books and magazines, it is a dazzling display of fruits and vegetables providing potent inspiration for gorgeous color combinations.
I’m taking with me my journal and colored pencils to try to capture the beautiful colorways. Also at the market are buttons, ribbons and trims, colorful woven baskets, trendy fashions and the Provencal fabrics, tablecloths, dishcloths and napkins. I bought six Jacquard dishcloths to turn into seat cushions for my dining room chairs. My first groups arrives on Wednesday- I’m very excited!
I’ve arrived at beautiful La Cascade where I’ll be teaching workshops this summer (info on France page). After landing in Paris we went straight to Versailles for a day of exploration.
The chateau and gardens are a feast for the senses. I was particularly inspired by the sumptuous wallpapers and upholstery fabrics– glorious color combinations that I can see will lead to a new series of brocade brooches.
And the hundreds of beautiful statues throughout the gardens and fountains got my imagination going on a new approach for a series of Renaissance figures.
Today was spent here in the garden at La Cascade, weeding and pruning a path to the beautiful river and waterfall (la cascade).
Bonjour! I’m off to France in a few days and my goal is to “journal” from there evey week (depending of course on finding cyber cafes along the way) to show you how I’m using what I see as a “creative spark” and inspiration.Â
I’ll be joined in June and July by my students- adventuresome and talented- who will be coming for my workshops in southern France.Â The area is so rich with medieval villages,Â artists, fleaÂ markets– I’m excited to share it all with you.Â
So please check in every now and then- I’ll begin about June 1st- and join me on this adventure!
I’m home from teaching the polymer clay guild in Colorado Springs and was really inspired by the joy and sense of adventure these ladies brought to the class. On reflecting, I can see that a sense of adventure has been an important theme in my life and art. I can remember backing out the driveway in the station wagon with my mom, dad, and three siblings- my dad would turn to my mom and say with glee, “We’re off on a great adventure!”. Even now as soon as I get in the car for a trip, I have that same feeling. And I think that is also why I am so inspired by the art and artisans of faraway countries and ancient cultures!
I decided to sew fabric “homes” for the Africa mask pins to live on (See previous post). They are collaged pieces of fabric combined with muslin that has a black mask image transferred onto the cloth. The polymer mask pins “lives” on or near the mask image. I enjoyed creating an environment for the polymer clay pin and this seems to be the direction I am VERY interested in now- combining textiles and polymer clay.
For me, the hardest step in my creative process is just to begin! Some days I am overwhelmed with the possibilites of what to make and I freeze up and decide to do the laundry instead.
So, something that works for me is to give myself small tasks or assignments. This seems to do the trick in not only getting my hands busy doing art, but it relaxes my brain and the ideas then start to flow.
So for instance,
- I will assign myself to draw 20 flower designs-no pressure- just draw whatever.
- Then I will assign to interpret two or three of my favorite designs in another media– polymer clay, wire, collage?
- Then I will assign to make five of one of the designs I just made.
This not only helps me to refine the design and streamline the techniques, but helps me decide if I LIKE making the design and might want to do a production line of the design.
This is how I made the masks pictured here- which became a line of brooches.
Now I have gone further and created for each a “place to live” via a fabric collage wall display. More on that in a coming post!