Down and dirty (learning to let go)

Yesterday I talked to Sheila about the work I’ve been doing.  She gave me some useful feedback that I’ve been thinking a lot about; she told me that the embroideries are beautiful and perfect, but they lack an opposite force.  Basically she told me to add something “down and dirty”(…!) to create tension and interest in the work.

This made me realize that I’m super tidy.  I know exactly why; I’ve spent the last four years thinking about printmaking and bookmaking, where tidiness is usually celebrated.

I haven’t always been like this.  The top photo is a little piece that I made with Jake in our yard when we lived at the casitas back in 2009.  THERE IS ACTUAL DIRT ON IT that you can see, put there ON PURPOSE.  I even remember kicking it around in the gravel.  I think we were drinking margaritas and just having fun.

So now I’m going to try to be a little less uptight.  I haven’t decided exactly what to do with the embroideries yet, but Sheila is definitely right.  They need something down and dirty.

Down and dirty (learning to let go)