Margaret (Charlton Stitcher) intrigued me with her being intrigued in her comment on my last post: perhaps my explanation of the test colour squares used in my doodle indicated a different kind of thinking on my part. That set me off examining my thinking.
My husband and I have often discussed how his thinking is convergent while mine is divergent. His thinking tends to be focussed and linear, while mine is constantly making connections in all directions - jumping back and forth. But I am methodical too. I think that one needs both to be a creative craftsperson - or indeed a publisher in the days when specific job functions were not separated out into different departments.
In 1992 I was in my final months of my publishing career when we went on a vacation to the USA. It was a three week multi-destination trip, starting with five nights in Chicago.
Five nights in Chicago (cotton pillow postcards, heat transferred images and hand stitched)
(I later used that visit as the inspiration for an exercise done by my duodidactic friend and I, in which we each made a textile 'book' for exchange. I made five pillow postcards to fit into a soft container. In those days the transfer paper I used turned all colours toward pink/purple before long!)
I had always been wanting to produce art in some form, mostly using ink, acrylic, or coloured pencil, and so of course visited a large art store - where I found on offer a complete set of Prismacolor coloured pencils. A snip, and therefore not to be missed - especially as they were not available in the UK as far as I knew. An illustrator friend of mine had raved about these waxy crayons, saying that they mixed like no other, and hence my colour swatch exercises of which these are a few:
I had no idea then that I would come to use these as part of my digital collages.
Fish grey (2007)