Creativity and Inspiration, Reverse Garbage and the Altered Book.Posted: April 4, 2011
My friend Lesley introduced me to the idea of following other quilters on facebook. I am fairly selective about who I follow, but Lesley sends me ideas on a regular basis and one of them I took up. This was Pam Holland. If you click on the link it will take you to her blog where there is a lovely video of a quilt show by the Lake of the Woods Guild in Kenora, Canada. This is a lovely but isolated part of Canada. The quilt show is amazing. Although I miss a lot on fb mainly because I am not on it all day I think, I did happen to spot a comment from Pam where she was discussing Three books about creativity and Inspiration. I have always been curious about where some of our artists and quilters get their inspiration and so I bought these three books as ebooks and have them on my phone to read as well as on my pc. I had a mixed media art teacher in Sydney in the 90’s by the name of Barbara Dimitri who encouraged us to take lots of photos of things textural and so I have been doing this on and off for quite a few years now – hence the lovely photo of the moth! Interestingly, this is one of the things that the inspirational quilters and artists I know of, all do, along with sketchbooks and journals to jot down notes, quick drawings, plans, colourways, layouts, you name it. Photos are much quicker than writing or sketching. Having this blog has had one side bonus in that I have been forced to sort of organise and name my photos and keep them in a sort of order! The digital age also helps!
At the top of this photo is a plaster cast of someone’s teeth, bottom jaw I think. I got this from a box of casts at the reverse garbage shop. It was fairly clear that the box had been full and was now nearly empty and I did wonder what all the other people did with their casts! I used mine to make an impression in one of those blue foam stamps that you heat up, impress, ink, stamp, clean, then heat again to re use with a different impression. I inked the stamp with some acrylic paint then printed it onto the side of a page in my Altered Book.
The ReverseGarbage Shop is at 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Brisbane. They buy used or left over waste from industries, they then sort it and put it in bins and you can go and get things to make other things with fairly cheaply. Among some of the things I purchased were some sort of really rusty tool, some acrylic letters, some plexiglass to use for mono printing, some chipboard that I plan on using to make my own books one day as well as quite a few things that I can use to “make marks” on fabric. There was also lots of things like wood, large plastic buckets that would be good for immersion dyeing, lots of posterboard, rubber bits, felt bits, foam bits, you name it! It is not exactly dirty there but you do feel like washing your hands when you leave!
I now have three or four completed pages in my Altered Book. I have really enjoyed doing this project and I have practised lots of different techniques and tried out different things, colours. Perse asked when it would be finished and then answered his own question with. ” I suppose you could just go on with it for ever really!”