Sep 7, 2011

Days 6 and 7: in the background

Days 6 and 7 of my 30 days of creativity have been rather unglamorous, but very satisfying. This is the background of a small mixed media quilt I designed several months ago. I hadn't finished the quilt because it felt kinda bland and impersonal. I finally figured out that I could add both visual interest and my personality by adding the hand stitching that I love so much.

These little unglamorous "background" tasks are the reason I took on the 30 day challenge. It's the designing that's exciting. The followthrough is more challenging for me. Sitting still to do all the little unglamorous tasks is easy to let go by the wayside, especially when I'm tired after a busy work day. But the added incentive of the 30 day challenge has me turning in relief each day to these simple tasks, all these little things that happen in the background of making art.


Dianne Forrest Trautmann said...

Great work Nikki! Show us a picture of the whole thing when it is done!

Jennifer Richardson said...

I so understand your process.
And am loving each step,
glamorous or not:)

MulticoloredPieces said...

What a great idea to do a 30-day challenge. It's not too long to be discouraging, but long enough to work up a good head of steam. I'll be interested in seeing your small quilt finished. I really like the hand stitching.
best, nadia