Thanksgiving Break is over. I’ve binged on chocolates and everyone else’s cooking. Although sick with a fever and cough, I was able to carve nine tiles in five days (and load two student bisques) for the upcoming Southern Sampler Exhibition making a grand total of eighteen southern-specific works. I needed to produce more than the thirteen promised pieces since I realized so many were Tennessee-centric. I’ve got locations, stereotypes, southernisms, and traditional crafts represented.
Before foot surgery I rolled 23 blanks out for flipping and compressing thinking that would take me through Fall and Spring semesters. Fortunately, I’ve been pretty darn focused (or don’t have a life while in art mode). I’m down to five tiles left and Fall 17 isn’t over. If only Thanksgiving break weren’t three days longer. I fantasize about what I could accomplish if I had sabaticle! The foot doctor is making me go back for another recheck to determine when and if foot two will be operated upon. I need to roll out another 200 lbs of blanks before that happens at this rate.
My hubby and I had a good talk. He is my harshest critic. We discussed the use of pattern and reduction of pattern. I’d love to hear what you all think about this as well as the narrative element. Do you prefer the more hidden narrative or obvious? Are you connecting with this series or more interested in the quick summary of exotic locations? What draws you in and holds your attention? Comments and thoughts are always appreciated. I want to grow.
If you would like the titles or translations of the southernisms, drop me a note. If you have suggestions for southernisms, “holler!”
Off I go to wash the dust off....
While most get to spend a holiday relaxing, I finally catch up on carving. It has been such a busy semester. Now that two of my students’ senior shows are up and craft sale items are fired, I feel the deadline for exhibitions approaching. The end of the fall semester is my major money-making moment funding my travels through mug and ornament sales. I’ll post all of my carvings completed over break on Sunday. Stay tuned!
Author: Carolyn Ford
Artist, world traveler, yarn spinner, and lover of random things.