I wanted to depict my world, life surroundings or whatever one can call it with colours and texture.
The colours were somewhere inside the brain and wouldn't come out in the balls of rags that I was arranging. I had an idea but was not able to pull it out and make it visible. Frustrating. Writers get it, Visual artists get it, all creative people get it, it is called ...now my mind is blocked from words. It is a sort of mental barrier that can be overcome.
I kept arranging different sets of colours and you can see one of them in the blog from 29.11. I kept re-arranging and thinking. Day and night. If I would had been painting with lets say acrylics I would had been able to put the colours on the canvas and then paint over it the following day and kind of get there.
But with weaving it is different.
I have to decide beforehand and see it in my mind. Of course I do sketches by arranging the balls of rags.
But when I start weaving there is almost no return. It is possible to rip it out but it is not as easy as with knitting or crocheting and rather tedious and frustrating. That is why I prefer to get it right from the beginning. That is also why I am sometimes stuck in the process of creating.
I got stuck with this piece. But a short weekend trip to Borgarnes cleared my head from the suffocating fog and when I returned to the loom I knew exactly what I wanted to create and how. Ta- ta-ta, here it is. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce you to "November". Open up the image and enjoy it. I had a professional photographer make the image this time for different reasons not explained here. Kristin Bogadóttir is the photographer and this is her website.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.