Having a deadline is a great focus point for creativity, criticism. and completion. The Wenlock Poetry Festival is now two weeks away and I will be exhibiting there with Marches Book Arts Group in a marquee just outside the Priory Hall. The Festival promises to be a great event.
I have seen a lot of excellent exhibitions recently including Lost in Lace in Birmingham, David Hockney’s paintings at the Royal Academy, Grayson Perry’s ceramics and tapestries at the British Museum and Illuminated Manuscripts at The British Library. It has been a while since I have had such a concentrated exhibition experience, witnessed creativity manifest on such a grand scale and been so inspired and uplifted. Memories of what I looked at keep coming to consciousness bringing a positive emotional hit and I hope that as a result my awareness is sharper and I am a little more observant, focused and reflective. I have also thought a lot about my own practice.
I have continued to produce the usual pile of scribbles and notes while constantly shuffling ideas around but I have also undertaken some ruthless therapeutic recycling of failed work & abandoned projects, tidied up the studio and focused on making ….