Usually when I take workshops, I'm not vested in the piece I make "being" anything. I don't have to be able to use it, wear it, even like it. I just use it to learn the techniques and explore the options. I think that "frees' me up to just "play" since I'm not worried about it "coming out".
But for some reason, I felt differently about the piece that I worked on in Sachiko's class last year. And what a roller coaster that has made it!
Note to self - don't EVER AGAIN get vested in a workshop sample!\
At various points through out the year, this piece was in the trash can, the cabinet, the trash can a second time, pinned on a mannequin as a vest, in the trash can a third time and then relegated to a series of cabinets!
After felting, it measured about 7' x 5': so big I hated wasting it, yet so big and so busy I had no idea what I could use it for! I had learned a lot in the workshop, which was the point, so I should have just tossed the piece and moved on. But there were a couple of "elements" in it that I really liked. And it was so big I hated throwing it out.
Note to self: sample and sample small when exploring a new technique!
So I cut out the elements that I liked and threw away the rest. Now I had about half the fabric I started with!
The next morning, I got a chuckle at what had the night before had looked good to me....
Could it have been the wine?
Shown left is the back of the vest....asymmetric with 1 short sleeve off the right shoulder. The only part I liked was the bottom piece....the gold edge with the turquoise 3d flower!
Note to self: hold off on the wine when working thru a design process!
So I took it apart, cut away more pieces, threw them away and repined another vest before, with disgust, tossing it back in a cabinet. I was down to a bare minimum....
Wasn't it Ansel Adams that famously replied, when asked by an interviewer what his favorite piece of equipment was, "the trash can"!
The next time I came across it in the cabinet, I decided maybe a shawl/cape would be a better goal for the pieces. So having reduced the original felt rectangle to the pieces shown above, I took some time to play with various arrangements of the pieces on the table -next couple of photos.
When I found one I liked, I diligently photographed the layout (since I didn't have time then to stitch it together at that point and knew it needed to go back into the cabinet once again until I had the time to pull it out and stitch it up .
But of course, when I finally found time a couple of months later to stitch it together, I couldn't find the photos I had taken such care to record the arrangement with, so I was back to square one!
Note to self: remember where you file photos!
Note to self: less is better, sometimes.
Note to self: I work better if I approach workshops as a time to SAMPLE and EXPLORE and NOT CREATE.