Last week I agonized over cutting some exquisite hand dyed fabric. Besides my attention wandering off to "Crow", I was moved by Elizabeth Gilbert's wonderful YouTube talk. She might be right about actual creative spirits. In my case, I think they are lurking in the corners of my studio. I've always thought that talking or words, with or without music, were not conducive background for me when I'm working. I need my surrounding to be quiet so I can hear those creative spirits' small voices.
My "boats", that I have variously painted over the years, came to fruition in fabric this week. The work is inspired by a piece of shibori that I bought from Sunny Bunny Designs the week previous. I, indeed, did not want to cut it. Instead, I pieced my boats from hand dyed and painted fabrics collected over the past 15 years. They, in turn, were pieced into the shibori wholecloth.
The resulting work represents one of those rare times when what is created comes very close to the image in ones imagination. So, thanks, to my resident creative spirits, Boats at Slack Tide is in.