Sunday, April 19, 2015

Under Construction

In more ways than one.

I have been pondering some artworks around nests again; thinking about the fragments which birds collect and gather and then use to weave their beautiful homes.  How to represent that and how to keep it all together.

So these thoughts are very much 'under construction' which is also the working title I have given the works in my head.

I hope agains hope that I can somehow pull it together into a coherent story; but for now I am just moving things around on the tables, making this go with that and seeing if something jumps out at me.

I have lots of thoughts, lots of prints and somehow need to make it all coalesce into something lovely.



Looking at different colour schemes, different materials and textures. Thinking about wall works and book works.



Inadvertent images from printing torn tissue paper - the gaps where the words bled through and the scratchy marks. I like them, but can I use them? And even the scrap brown paper I was using to protect the press suddenly looks beautiful and interesting as well!


Do things look better upside down?


Some very soft backgrounds instead.


All possibilities and all wonderful fun, but it's down to the serious business of making it work now!

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  1. I do enjoy watching the process as you work your way through an idea to a piece of work.You've got a beautiful collection of textures and marks here. Looking forward to the next step

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    1. I just enjoyed playing with these fragments and elements so much Jac - if I could leave them as they are I'd be pretty happy! It's fun to see where ethe pieces take you. Go well.

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  2. Ah, the nests are sublime and I agree, they are so worthy of working.

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    1. Nest are so special aren't they? I am intrigued by them and want to honour them somehow...so the exploring continues. Go well.

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  3. Love what you are doing here.

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    1. Thanks Debbie - the playing is fun - now to the work!

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  4. such a beautiful gathering & love your connections Fiona

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    1. It has been a lovely time of gathering Mo - and then setting them out and working out which ones might work and how I might use them... I hope I can do the image in my head justice.

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  5. I love seeing your process. It's so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Candy - I am forever trying to understand the process and I do enjoy exploring it, how it works, how I work, how it all comes together - and am often surprised along the way!

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  6. F- your approach is always thoughtful and a strong connection between composition and message. B

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    1. Thanks B - here's hoping that these pieces hold together in the end!

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  7. Fiona, I love how you take things and somehow see the connective tissue between them, moving them about and exploring the symbiosis of one thing placed next to another. You are such a thoughtful, intuitive artist.How I wish I had a fraction of your discipline and instincts!

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    1. Thanks so much Lesley - it is gift to have the time to lay the pieces out, to gather some more from here and there, cut something up and place it alongside. The time and the space are both highly valued. I keep wondering whether the final result will do justice to the thoughts and ideas and feelings, I hope it isn't just a hodge podge kind of mess!

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