Sometimes projects take on their own momentum .... this was one of them. When the idea was conceived I think I had quite different ideas in mind for what each envelope could/would contain. I wrote none of this down which was remiss and I could recall none of those ideas when I tried.
As the time came close for completion, I decided I just had to start the work and let come what may. As I began gathering bits and pieces around the studio, papers, small copper etching plates, embossings and so forth a storyline began to emerge and once I was into the first few envelopes, the creative energy just seemed to take over. In the end the thoughts all came rather quickly and spontaneously.
I think I will title my project 'Searching' - a very loose title which I think encapsulates the random thoughts I had along the way, mapping part of that search knowing inside that in fact I need no longer look. That I belong just where I am.
|the thirteen envelopes|
|first - etching seen in last post|
|second - etchings, writing drawings|
|second - envelope and internal details|
|third envelope - etching, embossing and markmaking|
|fourth envelope - etching, embossing and marks|
|fifth envelope - etching, embossing and marks|
|details of envelope six - embossings on leather, stained and marked papers|
|luminous graphite markings|
|seventh - etching on rusted paper, scratchings on envelope|
|envelope eight - leather embossing and rusted detail with marks|
|envelope nine - sewn together, suggestions of something inbetween layers|
|detail of envelope nine|
|envelope ten - sewn envelope, embossing and etching, markmaking|
|detail of envelope ten|
|envelope eleven is a bound folio - thread supplied by generous Jennifer|
|envelope eleven - embossings on sublime fine paper, and etchings, marks|
|more details of envelope eleven|
|eleven - details|
|envelope twelve - etching, drawings, marks and scratchings on transparent paper|
|details of envelope twelve|
|details - envelope twelve|
|the twelfth envelope has two etchings on its flap|
|thirteenth envelope - etchings on envelope and one page, staining, marks and writing drawings|
|details of envelope seven - (the search is over)|
I smile often when I look back over the collaborative work Fiona and I have made in the latter part of this year. I think I like it as much as any of the work I have ever done. I am not sure why that is but I suggest it is something to do with such a lovely energy between us, the encouragement we give each other and the profound respect and liking we have for each other's work. It is more than this I am sure .... Fiona brings out the quieter side of my creativity I think, or at least the timing of this collaboration with the fact that I am in a happy place in my life, seems to make my work my thoughtful and quieter.
I count myself fortunate indeed :-)