My classes at the community college don't start until tomorrow, so I've been logging in a lot of studio time, preparing for ACC and chipping away at my Halstead Challenge piece, since both deadlines are rapidly approaching. The Halstead piece was giving me some trouble. I felt like I had to have the *Perfect* photograph before I could get started. I've been using a variety of vintage papers and found photographs, but I'm getting more and more to the point where I'd like to have more control over my imagery. But I don't want a slick, new digital print. I want the aged look of the vintage pieces I have been using. I'm not sure what the solution is, and I don't really have the financial resources to devote to figuring it out at the moment, so I'm working with what I have, and kicking around some theoretical alternatives. For the Halstead Challenge, I finally settled on this old photo of a cemetery. Or at least a small portion of it.
Since I haven't has access to a fully equipped studio for a few weeks, I've been doing a lot of bench work: sawing, filing, cold connections, etc. I've been working on some necklaces inspired by my "Chain of Events" piece I wrote about a year and a half ago. I'd like to have 4 or 5 of these ready to go for ACC in February. These necklaces are appeal to my short attention span, as I can change gears and materials as often as I like, and they're great for using up scraps and other odd, but interesting bits.
The extra studio time has been nice, but I am a bit anxious to get back to work. Having somewhere to go at least a few days a week grounds me, and makes me feel like part of the world. Especially since due to the weather, I haven't left the house for 2+ days. Hope you're spending your time being warm an productive!
Thanks for reading!