I often worry that I’m a bit of a dabbler, starting something, moving on, a new technique here, a different project there, not much staying power.
But after many years of trying to focus, be organised and follow one thing at a time I’ve decided that it’s time to stop trying to force it. Dabbling is the way I work best, starting several things at once and dipping in and out, exploring and playing, until at last something is finished. So from now on I’m going to go with the flow and enjoy the process.
At the moment I’m flitting from the medieval book to a book swop book, from a collagraph to an etching and, to add to the mix, props, scenery and other assorted stuff for Peter Pan which our group will put on in June.
So in the spirit of dabbling this week I’ve played with etching and looked at more book structures.
I wanted the puppets to have different patterned dresses. I decided that I’d like to take these from real fabrics or lace. I want three different patterns on this plate but I find it difficult to get a consistent result with soft ground etching. Pondering different solutions I wondered if it was possible to print the texture onto the aluminium plate using a gelli plate. It is.
I think I’ve come up with a possible solution for “?”. It will be a book, in that it will have a binding and open like a book, but once open it won’t have a narrative and will be more of a structural object. I spent a pleasant afternoon cutting and sticking paper (a good use for old play scripts) exploring different structures.