05/15/2020

This week in the Artist Residency in Motherhood I have been working with nets, making and sculpting with paper and feeling generally directionless.

My county is moving into Phase I of reopening the economy today. This brings the same level of uncertainty to my mind as the closing of schools did in March. I was privileged to have appreciated being paused. Now I am trying to remember what I was doing before March 16th and possibly reevaluating those goals.

But with certainty I can say, until my daughter returns to school I will be here full time mothering and making art.

From the Residency Studio this week…

WIP, homemade copper ink on paper

WIP, mud dyed yarn net as a cobweb in the kitchen

Experimenting with ways to display my foraged clay vessels.

Paper bead experiment. With dryer lint, studio paper scraps and my mothers t-shirts.

Paper making process

Studio Assistant

Thank you for following my ARIM journey!

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.