Before I begin a new textile painting, I have some sense of what I want to try to say in the piece. Sometimes I draw a rough sketch of the idea, or use my watercolour pencils to try out colours.
As I compose and construct the piece, I work intuitively, letting my eye and brain work together to tell me what colour and what texture to choose next. When I cut the pieces of cotton fabric, I let my hand guide the rotary cutter in gentle curving lines, each piece an organically shaped thin rectangle.
Often times I’ll reach a point in the piece where I think to myself – this piece is terrible, it’s not going to come together, it’s a mish mash of nothingness. When I fall into that state of mind, I take myself out of my studio, out into the main gallery area, where I can look in thru the windows to my studio, but with the long perspective. From this place, I can usually see the redeeming qualities of the piece, and gather up the courage to go back to the studio, and keep making.
Like so many things in life, looking at the situation from a different perspective makes all the difference!