Monday, June 11, 2007
cut me something beautiful
dried gourd with the top cut off, wrapped in Japanese mulberry paper, with cotton thread hanging at the ceiling, 1.5" x 2.5" [work in progress]
This was the first (and only, so far) cut i made on one of the dried gourds. After sort of nourturing them for a couple of years (drying, cleaning, drying, painting, scratching and wrapping them), it wasn't too easy to take the knife and decide to cut into one of them. They have become rather precious in a way one is drawn towards salvaging something fragile that has been abandoned and almost forgotten. But you gotta cut your hair sometimes. And the new cut isn't looking too bad so far, right?
On a *separate* note, can i just share how giddy with joy i was to find that Diana Fayt from One Black Bird has stopped by here? Totally unexpected and immediately felt a rush like having a secret crush on someone.
I stumbled upon One Black Bird late last year and was crazy about how Diana incorporated printmaking techniques into her ceramic work. And the best thing is that the whole blog is devoted to sharing the process of her art-making. Every post has at least one picture of something related to her studio and art. All really well-composed pictures, too. And her writing takes you close and delicately into her world of things lovely, and times struggled and conquered.
(It is also where i got the idea to have a blog rather than a portfolio website. Thank you, Diana.)