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Friday, August 28, 2009

The process of creation

I love the process of creating almost more than seeing the final product. I love seeing the creative process of other artists as well. So assuming some of you like that also, here are some pictures of the cyclone I create when in my studio!

My husband has referred to my process as the destruction; I prefer the term reconstruction! I do not usually have sketches of what I am going to do. I do have a pic in my head, and occasionally some roughs, but usually it is just a lot of auditioning colors; trying on (my son never comes into the studio without whistling first to warn me he is coming!); holding up; squinting; ripping apart; resewing; looking for the right texture, etc. Here are some of the evidence of destruction/reconstruction!


On the left is one of my sweaters about 1/3 of the way done.

Below are two completed sweaters drying out. I always wash the sweaters when they are done. This gives them a great chance to prove their worth! I put them in both the washer and dryer (delicate) and will lay them flat when they are almost dry. This gives them a cohesive "hand" a fresh smell, exposes any unstable seams or threads and lets them know I love them and want them at their best for their new homes.

Now I am off to photograph, write some snappy copy, and list these in my shop...
So look for Peachy2day, Landscapes2day, and Violets2day on Jill2day.etsy.com in the next day or two!

4 comments:

elan said...

Very cool stuff, would love to see them on a model, will check out your shop.

VaRFWiz1 said...

Beautiful work and inspries me to do 'someting' with the ever growing bag of damaged, stained +/or stretched out sweaters that lives in my 'mending closet'. One question: You say you wash AFTER putting all the work into the garment. What do you do when one of the pieces involves turns out to be a loser?

C'est Magnifique said...

Those sweaters are beautiful, I love them!

jill said...

Varfwiz1 -

good question. First i wash in delicate to be as gentle as possible. Secondly Occaisionally I do have to go back and reinforce a seam or two because the washing proved out a weak spot (why I do it!) But ultimately there can be losers who don't survive... they either get tossed, or cut up and reworked... And lessons are learned. That is one reason I far prefer to make and post rather than custom!!