I have been busy, very busy indeed. I had to finish the two green sisters before end of the month and I made it. I has been hard work and I have hardly done anything else than put the corselet on, started the audiobook and sat at the loom. And it has been a fabulous time. Living in the world of rags, greens, multicoloured rags and crime novels.
And not to forget all the green dust that this work creates. A lovely mixture indeed. And I am so happy in the making of rugs.
Meanwhile the outer world has had its own changes. I have looked briefly at facebook to see what is going on. People seem to have been enjoying the outdoors during winter and this flash of spring that we have now in Iceland in the middle of winter time. They have been skiing, hiking, going on picnics and rowing their kayaks. There has been sunshine, northern lights dancing in the sky and snow and rainfall. But I have been inside the world of rags.
Actually it is not quite correct. Every weekday I have to leave my den to go to my paying job. It is difficult to tear myself away but I have to. I need the money in order to by food and pay the bloody bills. So it is not too bad. And it forces me go out of my cave and prevents me from getting happily totally mad. I usually go by bike to and fro the paying job so I have had my share of sunshine, wind, rain and of course NORTHERN LIGHTS.
The green sisters I have created are the northern lights. Look at them. They are similar but not the same. Their hues differ depending on how close one scrutinizes them.
It has been an eventful winter in my studio. I almost set the house on fire while dyeing the warp and leaving it on the stove for 5 hours while I went to earn my living! Then I managed what few people have done: fall into the loom and fracture a rib. I have also managed to sell a piece and be interviewed on the Icelandic state radio, actually not about my artwork but about when I was caught in a cyclone on W-Australia a decade ago. I have had wonderful coffee and cake parties with friends that have helped me beam the warp and we totally forgot to photograph the events.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.