Monday. Blog day. Three weeks in a row. I think I can do this.
Today I expect to be starting an order for my church. It will involve making a curtain that is 10' long by 30' wide. Easy. Want to come along and watch me do this? No dyeing involved. Just thinking and sewing and assembling.
Here is one of the largest hand dyed chuppah orders I ever made. You can see it on my web site finished.
I get so excited when I can work on large scale pieces. What is it that makes me so giddy? First of all the engineering challenge is cool. I love plotting out how I will physically attack the problem. Large amounts of fabric weigh a lot and is so cumbersome that I have to plot out ways to push it all around the studio to get what I want done.
If dyeing or designing is involved, I enjoy working out a way to get all that fabric laid out, the design transferred onto it, batiked or painted, dyed, rinsed, hung out, sewn into its final shape, ironed, shipped.
There is always a point with large scale work where I start to doubt myself and think, "I sure hope this works out". Because it is so large, most of the time I feel like I am looking at it through a key hole so doubt has a lot of chances to creep into my psyche. I can see parts of it, but not all of it so sometimes I will stop what I am doing and move all the furniture out of my kitchen (which is large) and lay the thing out and take a look. Am I in the right ball park? Anything need fixing now before it's too late? Usually my doubts are put to rest and I can finish well.
Bottom line for me is that when it is finally finished there is a rush of adrenalin that makes it all worth while.
When I send the work away I feel sad. Sad because the event is over and now clean up is in order but there is one more FABULOUS rush to come...when the pictures come in of the piece in place, ready for the wedding or the church service or the home furnishings to be put back and that is the best part of all. Many artists never get to see where their art goes but when we do it is the best feeling EVER. That final look at where it is meant to be is what makes me come back for more.
Tell me about your biggest art piece.