Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I've Been Slowed Down

It has been a rough week in the Wheeler Art Studio. First, my sewing machine broke. The pulley attaching the belt to the motor disintegrated--of course right after the warranty expired. It most likely will be a couple weeks before it comes home from the doctor. Then the power supply connection on my laptop broke. With a dead battery and no way to charge it, I have been limited to trying to navigate my husband's computer that he uses for work. Needless to say, I don't have access to all my photos and I don't know how to upload any to this computer. Hopefully I will be able to add photos to my blog soon because that is my favorite part. I have been trying to still create despite the frustrations slowing me down. I have painted some paper and fabric combinations and paper textured with gel medium in preparation for a creation locked in my head. I also received several bags of fabric from my mom. They are mostly old designer samples, so the fabric ranges from silks to thick velvets to upholstery fabric. I have been playing with the contrast in textures. I tried sewing them on an old cheap sewing machine that my husband fixed for me. Not an easy task. I guess all these distractions gives me time to slow down and think about what I want to say with my work. It also gives me a greater appreciation for the tools that I have.

2 comments:

Susan said...

Hi!
Don't give up. Keep plugging away...at anything...maybe this is the time to sketch? At least, that's what I'd think if everything "electrical" in my life wasn't working properly. Of course, sketching is one of the things that scares me. It is funny, however, how life often throws you "curve balls" that you really need even when you don't want it! Hopefully, however, everything will be operational quickly! Can't wait to see what this momentary "slow" time does for you in the long run!
Susan

Susan said...

Hi!
It's me again. I've been waiting for your next post...to see what you've been up to while your machine, the technology of our shared art media, is in for repairs. In the meantime, a funny thing happened...I have two of my sewing machines in for repairs right now. I recently bought the third...long, stupid story. It came with five "feet"...but none for free motion embroidery. Thus, I still can't stitch a thing. Hopefully, tomorrow brings about some sort of resolution...in time for a very, very long Fourth of July weekend in my studio. Basically, I had to take my own advise to you...I had to keep plugging away...at anything...forcing myself to deal with life's curve balls...plan ahead...face my personal demons...organize! So, what have you been up to during your "slow down"?
Susan