We are having our journal reveals this weekend. You can see all of the journals by visiting here over the next few days or so.
Those of you who have been reading my blog over the past months know that I have been in a creative slump and have been frustrated. So when I was invited to join the Journal Quilt Challenge 2006 I accepted hoping that this would help me get past this.
For January’s journal I decided to do a piece that depicted these feelings.
It is appropriately titled “Frustration”.
That is a silhouette of me sitting on the floor hugging my knees surrounded by question marks.
I did the silhouette instead of an actual photo to convey emptiness. I chose the colors for their meanings. Black often is associated with unhappiness. White is sometimes associated with sterility as in “No Ideas”. Red stands for the frustration/anger that I have been feeling. The question marks symbolize all the unanswered questions of “why can’t I come up with a good idea”, “why doesn’t this work”, “why am I so hard on myself”, “why, why, why”. I thought the busy look of the black and white prints also helped to convey this.
I made a few attempts to draw an image of myself but wasn’t happy with them, so I came up with the brilliant (LOL) idea of sitting on the floor in front of the mirrored closet doors and snapping a few photos. After resizing the photo in PSP8 I printed a copy, cut out the silhouette and traced the image onto Wonder Under, fused it to my fabric, cut that out and fused to my background fabric. The questions marks were also made using Wonder Under and fused. Using a Micron Pigma pen and a stencil I wrote Frustration onto a piece of denim and frayed the edges. I was going to connect the broken parts of the letters but decided to leave them. I felt that this also helped with depicting this frustrated feeling. I then stitched this to the background.
I did very minimal quilting on this piece, another way that conveys my frustration and the creative block that I have been experiencing.
This is a copy of the label that will go on the back.
The reason why it is not on there yet is I just printed it today using Bubble Jet Set 2000 and it has to set for another 24 hours before I can rinse it out with the Jet Set Rinse.
Though this piece looks quite simple, I agonized over it for awhile. Not the piece but what I was going to do. Once I figured that out, I had a relatively simple time creating it.
Hopefully I can come up with a cheerier subject for February. I haven’t really settled on a theme for these journal pages. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.
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