04 Oct

Sometimes when we’re tired we cheat on stitching or make mistakes. In the last 2 years i have started ripping it out and starting again (at one point i just didn’t care!) , but this time i decided to let it stay and label it as such. Part of this section was done during my stint  Tuesday downtown at an art show i’m participating in, The space was cold, drafty with the vent blowing right into the sitting area, i was tired and stiff, and only 2 people came in during the time i was plying my needle. (Business day after all: the good little workers are in their cubicles in their towers with their important papers and yogurt.)

All i could think at the time was a disgusted “Cheat! I’ll fix it later at home.”  Today as i looked at it, the word “forgery” came to mind. Okay, go with it: someone snuck in and tried to do the stitching for me–the general idea was put forth but with no authenticity. HA! Acknowledge the mistakes, make them part of the work without being precious.

Upside down as i work this section

the correct orientation (as the viewer will see it when done)

It’s also perfectly acceptable to add or change things as i go along as i have no preconceived plan for this beyond doing it, so some actual readable text was put in there with the “ghost writing'”. (That area was influenced by this sketchbook work here.)

The “forged” section isn’t as raised or textural as the “authentic” section.

The whole is very lifted in areas and crunchy with tactile work.

Next i’ll be trying different approaches to my approach! (No standing on head allowed though.)


Posted by on October 4, 2012 in process and reasoning


4 responses to “forgery

  1. arlee

    October 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    “Follow blog by email” at sidebar has been fixed 🙂

  2. Kit Lang

    October 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Oh you know I’m a fan of making “mistakes”. 🙂

  3. sara

    October 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    It is always a good idea to make a mistake. The Navajos believe in weaving in a mistake in a “perfect” creation. Otherwise the Gods will be angry. I myself am not happy with a piece until I have destroyed it and remake it, warts and all.

    • arlee

      October 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Early patchwork quilts too had this element–perfection was frowned upon as only “God” could make things perfect.
      Often the “mistakes” reveal what we really meant to say too!


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