Though sometimes it's hard for me to remember, I did create before fiber came into my life. I've always had a difficult time with art for art's sake in my practice- always insisting that there be a deeper meaning or intent behind a work. I was taught in the quasi-paradox of art school that process was more important than product and separated the true artist from the craftsman (please don't think I care about such designations, I'm just saying my professors felt this way). So when I first noticed those little sparks of passion at the start of a new artistic journey, I started looking for a way to incorporate my drawing into the process (goodness knows I couldn't just draw for drawing's sake!)
My favorite way to draw is in pen on prepped paper. I really enjoy that pen, in its permanence, shows my process and the way I see something differently over time. The prepping I usually do with paints in a semi-random application (this is directly inspired by John Cage's works on paper, but that's a whole other topic). I usually draw people or objects isolated in these randomized worlds, as I've always enjoyed the out-of-place and isolated feelings these works create. While I've been doing this for awhile, the next steps helped me bring it into my current interests.
I began to further isolate my figures by cutting them (sometimes choosing to show just a small section of a body) and their spaces after a work was complete. Specifically I cut them into yarn skeins (or at least what I think look like bumpy yarn skeins) and made them into tags! Now that I'm selling my yarn, I feel like I'm giving a truer, fuller sense of myself when someone buys a skein of my spindle-spun with a tiny piece of my art on it.
I feel good about this! I have enough interest to continue exploring these free-form figure studies in abstract settings for a long time (ask me about my artistic intent sometime and we can talk philosophy), and the same goes for spinning. For now, the two work well together. Plus, I have an "excuse" to keep drawing in an increasingly fiber dominant set of hobbies. -Julie
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