04/17/2020

Weekly Ritual Progress Report and Redirection

Today is the end of the third week of my Artist Residency in Motherhood. A good time to reflect and redirect.

Reflections

Back in my second blog post, Letting Go, I talked about my struggle in collaborations between myself, a controlling Artist Mama, and a Defiant Daughter. I concluded…

“I need to balance maintaining control in the small moments available to me and letting go of control when I am with my daughter.”

In this time with my daughter I have noticed that she really enjoys the performative games we invent together. This is where Art and Play meet.

See post 04/08/2020, 04/14/2020 and our video tutorial series CREATIVE KIDS for examples.

We have also worked on other projects that have not been shared including building sculptures in our front yard on a busy street with items from inside our home. Will post pictures soon!

These are my moments of letting go- I am not naturally a very playful person.


I am maintaining control in the small moments through a stitch diary, handmade paper and meticulous grids. In these activities I am working with the debris of the domestic.

Redirection

I am paring down my rituals and focusing on what my daughter and I really enjoy.

When I am with my daughter we will continue our mapping and sculpture games as well as invent more games and new ways of interacting with each other and the world around us.

When I have alone time I will be focusing on my stitch journal featuring hand dyed cloth and thread and depicting domestic movements. I will also start work on a larger Body of Work piece involving mud dyeing, knitting and scrubbing. The third and final focus will be on small works on paper- grids and dryer lint paper- that I will be posting for sale soon!

Now that is a lot to do! So I am paring down my residency blog to just once per week on Fridays.

Progress

This week I have experimented with embedding objects and adding stitching to dryer lint paper.

I also added to my stitch journal.

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