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Basket, basket, basket...

I still exist. I think.

The project continued and continues to have more trouble than expected but it's only in the outliers, a fraction of a percent of the records being processed, so not really so bad except that we still have to try to get those to fall in with the rest.

The kids were home for spring break last week and a good time was had by all. My son enjoyed his Christmas gift of tickets to the Dropkick Murphys at the Tsongas arena. (My daughter enjoyed her gift of tickets to Phantom of the Opera last month, too.) And I took off a couple of extra days from work and that was great, and very much needed.

Meanwhile, I've been making baskets. The first one, in waxed linen, was supposed to look something like this, but I threw in some extra spokes and weavings. The second was playing with other materials and twining techniques and uses raffia, sisal, jute, and thicker waxed linen.

The third is coated steel wire and braided seagrass, mostly twined. The fourth is *cough* very manly, all materials from the hardware store, polypropylene rope coiled about with mason's twine. I'd also wanted to play the neon colors against a traditional southwest design, so the figures are copied from petroglyphs. (There's a less safe view of the figures here if deviantArt lets you in.)

But see those last two pieces? I know I'm still learning, still playing around, still finding my artistic voice (and finding out if I have a voice at all), but one thing that's frustrating is knowing that no juried show, no gallery, would be comfortable seeing those two works from the same artist. They're too different. At some point, techniques and materials need (or are supposed) to be refined (restricted) down to a smaller set. Call it "depth instead of breadth" to make it palatable.

Of course, my SCA Laurel was finally gotten for "divers arts" so I don't have a good track record on this. Bleah.



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Mar. 24th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
They're all gorgeous, but I especially like the third, where the steel wires look like trees, held together by the seagrass.

...man, they're all so pretty, though. Great work.
Mar. 25th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think that's the one I like best, too. :-)
Mar. 25th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
But they all look fantastic.
Mar. 25th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs*
Apr. 4th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Your art is better than most poetry, I just thought I'd put it out here, bluntly. I went to your art pages, and you have some really gorgeous stuff there!
Apr. 5th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^
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