I have had pause to reflect on my creativity, or lack of creativity in many ways, from last year. Like Fiona I am making a habit of looking back over the years - albeit that I have not quite reached my second year of blogging so the habit is quite infantile! It will grow, baby steps and all.
It wasn't a good year for me in many ways even though I was lucky enough to have a couple of amazing trips away - one overseas to Morocco, Spain and France, and the second through some of outback Australia, crossing the Simpson Desert in 4WD's and camping. I think the highlights for me would have to be about the creativity of the year - limited though it was.
Last week I posted on the envelope project I had been part of for twelve months and all the first photographs are various bits I made towards this endeavour - many of which inspired further work, or were inspired by things I was already working on in the studio.
|The photographs of our 'mail' project are in no particular order. All images are of my work - I will post again next month on the second half of the year, showing the group images.|
|I actually managed to finish this collaborative piece. Fiona posted hers some time ago, mine was only completed recently. It is the longer of the two pieces.|
|Starry Starry Night - a collaboration of Fiona's and mine with some of the pages below. I really love the way this book turned out and it is actually best read by lamplight.|
|Another collaboration piece which we both were surprised by - it works really well as an unbound book as the images can be arranged in numerous ways making it read differently every time.|
|This wedding book and double perspex cover took days to make but it was well worth it in the end.|
|These small prints from my In Between Dreams Series - led into more an more exploration of layers and further visual ideas which in turn led onto much larger work which I think will become part of my permanent style of working.|
|These larger pieces will soon be for sale over the internet, and an assortment of 'Vessels' as well - you will see from my posting a couple of weeks ago I am experimenting with blues and lighter tones of greys and beige.|
One thing that really strikes me as I look back at the favourites of my work this last year, is the monotony of my palette. And though I really, really enjoy working with these colours, I am determined to bring variety into my work during 2014. I also plan to work far more diligently and to take on only those projects which really let me explore my work more fully and profoundly. This certainly doesn't mean I will not have fun in the Studio - it just means I plan take my work more seriously and push it a little further this year, and a little further the next.
Next week Fiona and I will both be posting on the meeting of our latest collaborative books, always a highlight of my creative work, and it seems both of us have spent an enormous amount of time on these books. Can't let you have a sneak peak as we really enjoy the complete surprise we have ourselves when the books meet.