Here is my take on a stitched postcard. I love postcards and when I travel, in addition to sending them to friends and family, I also send to myself. I love the slightly battered look from postal transit and I love reflecting on the moment captured on the front. Recently I had an epiphany about time: even though time commitments towards making my art are flexible, they need to remain a high priority. I was in the habit of bouncing art time to take care of other things that had fixed timelines. Weeks could pass between my ‘making’ sessions. So the message on the front of my card is something that I repeat like a mantra several times a day to other artists and myself.
The production of the card is fairly simple – I sewed it out of pieces of muslin and cottons. I wished I hadn’t serged the outer edge because it lost a lot of the ragged muslin edge.
Sandy, I hope you enjoy and always practice making time!
A trip to SCRAP and Home Depot scored the materials I needed. Instead of perforated bronze metal that would replicate the metal skin of the building used by the architect and seen through the nearby window, I found a piece of drainage plastic that when painted bronze looks fantastic! Also instead of making a concrete mould, I found a patio pot tray that will be a great foundation for the piece! Still keeping it simple.
Next up: Production and trip to Flower Mart. The pieces I have are going to dictate the scale for the final arrangement. Not sure what floral materials will work to the scale I need; hoping for inspiration at the Market.
Whew, now I am worried; the structural part of the arrangement (the mechanics) went too smoothly. It never goes smoothly. The San Francisco Flower Market is pretty cool, one of the largest wholesale markets in the country. It was busy this morning with dozens floral designers searching out materials for their exhibits. I found some purple thistle and fern that shares textures with the art, so that is my starting point. I also picked up some green spray rose, air plants and couple of other types of fern. Somehow this is all going to be open and airy, creating an engaging play of shadow just like the Asawa art. Not so sure about the keeping it simple part today.
Next up: Build the actual floral arrangement. The difficulty will be creating some airy that really doesn’t have a base, and contains enough water to sustain it for a week. Otherwise I’ll need to replace it during the week. The branchy ball is a stark reminder of the small scale of the arrangement.