Week 4: time to get real

I spent this week figuring out mostly how to proceed—got a few things done all over the map in terms of physical making, but focused more on thinking about my plans.

First off, physical products—finished the body of the sweater I’ve been working on! I’m getting confident in my ability to fuck with prewritten patterns to make garments that suit what I want better—for this one I changed the collar, shortened the body by a lot and added an “accidental” purl pattern (the horizontal lines).

I’ve also been drawing a little bit—I pulled back from making myself draw everyday to see how much I would draw if I only did it when I felt inspired to and I found that I really missed drawing when I didn’t make the time for it! Digging through old sketchbooks just makes me want to fill pages.

The first day of October (Inktober) coincides perfectly with the studio marathon, so I will plan on focusing more on drawing for my 50 explorations. However, I found that fiber art was a very useful tool to get myself unstuck with drawing—it feels less intense and calms my brain down a little because the work is so much more routine, and reminds me to slow down and take the time to make things instead of rushing between different ideas. I don’t know how much it will feature in my IP product, but I think it will be an important part of the process.

Last thing—I finally got my camera! When I had a nicer camera, I never took it anywhere because it was so big and heavy, and I was afraid of damaging it. Then someone relieved me of my burden on a night train in Budapest! I finally replaced it with a cheap, small camera I’ve been carrying in my pocket. The photos are not very high quality, which serves my purpose fine—I’m more interested in taking reference photos for drawings, and just getting myself to look at things differently.

Jude at Wasem’s

Jude at Wasem’s

On the river

On the river

My favorite thing in the world at Kroger

My favorite thing in the world at Kroger

Outside CCTC

Outside CCTC

The cemetery near the dance building

The cemetery near the dance building

Plans for now:

  • Get my 50 references together for the studio marathon! Probably mostly drawings/comics, but I already have some fibers ideas coming together too.

  • Keep writing, keep observing, keep taking photos everyday

  • Pull out old journals in prep for studio marathon—I’m going home this weekend, so I can get the really old ones from my family’s house

  • Start doing daily comics/drawing everyday again in October and see how it keeps up. I often find that my old daily comics are some of my favorite work, and the trick now is to see what role they can have in a larger project!