With some fanfare I announced to the world in January that I would undertake two daily practices this year: 1) a tapestry diary in which I work through the techniques in Mette Lise Rössing's book The Thread's Course in Tapestry and 2) a perpetual journal of botanical drawings, inspired by Lara Gastinger (@laragastinger and #lgperpetualjournal on Instagram).
I have done OK with the tapestry diary, but I haven't woven every day by any means. So far I've done 39 techniques in about 100 days. At this point, here's where it stands. I chose to work in the wintry palette of northern New Mexico for the first quarter of the year. I'm looking forward to updating the palette with a few yellow-greens soon. They are starting to appear, oh so slowly, here.
|Molly Elkind, tapestry diary in progress, (c) 2019|
|page of Rössing's The Thread's Course in Tapestry, with my cut-and-pasted additions|
As for the second daily practice, the perpetual journal, I did start it with great enthusiasm, but then, it was winter. Winter went on and on. And on. It was harder to get outside and find things to bring in to draw. And meanwhile life got very very busy. So while I've enjoyed very much seeing what other people are drawing in their perpetual journals on Instagram, mine has been stalled here. I hope to get back to it, really I do.
|bent stalk of gramma grass|
It's about priorities, isn't it? And my main focus these days is making work for the upcoming Eldorado Studio Tour May 18-19, here in Eldorado, New Mexico, near Santa Fe. I'm hoping to have three pieces in my series of wedge weave skies, and another three pieces in the new Fences series, in addition to work from last year's show in Atlanta.
|Virga, (c) Molly Elkind, 2019. Cotton. 7.25" x 9.25"|