Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Seasonal Palette Quilt #2: The Journal

My journal for the Young Forest quilt.
In a dramatic mood, I began the journal entries for the creation of my quilt, Young Forest #5. The journal, along with the quilt, is on exhibit in the Season Palette exhibit debuting at the IQF in Houston this fall. Following is the first entry from around March 2011. (Cue dramatic music here.)

There is very little introspection going on in my mind when I make art. I seem to dissolve into time and space when creating and emerge on the other side unaware of how I got there.
And, although I am an artist, I am also a teacher. So many of my journal entries read like pattern instructions or directions for a student. These entries were written after working in silence on the quilt for hours at a time.
I find it difficult to write about how I feel about making art work while also making the art work. It’s better to just let the art flow and examine how it was done later. 
Apple Trio by Laura Wasilowski. This is what I'd miss as a play write, food.
Fortunately, I do not work as a play write for a living or I'd be starving by now. But I did find keeping a journal a little annoying. I just wanted to make the darn quilt! Tomorrow we'll get down to real nitty-gritty, the creative process. (Cue more dramatic music here.)


WoolenSails said...

I find that, if I think too much, I cannot create;)


Anonymous said...

I suspect that having to document things while creating is like trying to use both sides of the brain at the same time. One gets in the way of the other.

Gene Black said...

Obviously the person who decided the rules was not an artist or they would know that doesn't work! You described the happening so well. When we make art we lose ourselves in it. Sometimes we cannot describe how we got there.

susan said...

I am so happy that someone else feels the same way I do. I have no desire to write down my innermost thoughts for someone else to peruse. I'm not sure I even know my innermost thoughts. Some people seem to love journaling but I agree with you that it's annoying. To each his/her own, but let's hope journal writing will be optional rather than required for making a quilt. Quilting is fun for me, journal writing reminds me of school assignments.

Laura Wasilowski said...

Great comments everyone! I agree with each and everyone of you.