Today I'll be spending the day at our local Bowman Arts Centre creating a doll. (see below) I woke up at 5 am to double check what time the workshop started and to then consider any materials and tools I would need to gather before I left. I had all week to do this, but kept getting distracted by other matters. Read: procrastinating.
I haven't any knowledge of the artist who is conducting the workshop, other than what I've perused through on her website and I am going alone. I joined the Textile Surface Design Guild in our community basically so I could take this workshop and keep updated on the workshops and events they plan. There was a lecture by the workshop leader on Thursday evening but I wasn't able to attend so I am walking into it essentially ' 'blind' you could say. And I have to admit, I prefer it that way. When possible, I like to follow my muse and remain unaffected by outside influences for this particular workshop. I am becoming more and more like this - reclusive you could call it, as the days move forward.
So, of course, I couldn't find the email that had been sent to me (I have 1000's stored, but never the ONE I need to find) so I googled the artist and found this poster that lead me to the necessary information - time and place, plus a few details on what to bring. I knew before that most of the materials will be supplied.
Off and on throughout the past few months I have wondered what type of doll I would end up constructing, what would it look like, how would it become 'my' personal doll, but again, these were fleeting thoughts and no images popped into my mind. Or so I thought.
This is where again, much to my surprise my muse popped by for a visit. I was busily working on constructing a digital collage for Tumble Fish Studio yesterday and completed one by early evening. I was content to finish one image as per my creative team artist requirement. Content yes, but not what I would say satisfied. Given the requirement to construct a digital collage using a set group of images, I occasionally feel 'unfulfilled' personally as sometimes my own need for creative expression senses a void. Don't misinterprete this to mean that I don't care for the images I am working with, quite the opposite is true. It's more that I feel creatively confined when I am limited to a set group of images. Last night this 'feeling' persisted and so I gave myself permission to 'be' without the aforementioned 'parameters' and ended up creating one other digital composition. It was late and my left brain had already gone to bed. I am beginning to believe that my muse doesn't appear unless my left brain is missing! Luckily, that happens quite frequently!!!!!
What surprises me, is now having slept and returned, I see that on 'another level' my creative mind or muse, or subconscious, or whatever you may like to call this process, had in fact been sketching out some imagery reflecting 'me' or my 'personal doll' all along. At some level, it does appear I was 'preparing' for the workshop today.
Workshop poster -
Here's the digital composition I created using several of Tumble Fish Studio's new packs, available at http://www.deviantscrap.com/
Image Credits: Tumble Fish Studio - Big Whimsy, Twinkle Toes and Angels packs
After my left brain went to bed -
True to Me
Image Credits: Backgrounds (3) - Alberto Giralt, Outline of ballerina - TumbleFish Studio - Twinkle Toes, Heart - Mercados, out line of drapery - Haute Soiree - Tangie Baxter
This last image feels more congruent to being a reflection of 'me' mostly because it speaks of my own voice. Even though it is made up of different images from other artists, it is composed in a way that brings forward its 'own life'. I think, at least. What do you think? Does your artwork reflect you?
I look forward to today's workshop and wonder how easy it will be for me to find my creative voice and express it visually in the form of a doll.