Sunday 28 July 2013

art pod

I've been busy working away on a series of new activities for the Hepworth Gallery Art Pod. The pods, situated in the galleries, encourage children and their families to explore the collection and create stitched, drawn, collaged, spoken, 2D and 3D responses.  

Tuesday 23 July 2013

if i keep doing what i've always done...

I’ve been pottering and thinking and waiting.

During some stressful times of late sewing has been a refuge, making, mending and altering calming my mind and helping me gain balance. I’m conscious that this sewing is not ‘work’, its a place of treading water and I want to embrace this, but as a person for whom ‘doing’ and ‘being’ overlap I can easily end up feeling lost and unsure. So... deep breaths.

This year has been special in that I’ve allowed myself time to think. If I keep doing what I’ve always done, I’ll keep getting what I’ve always got. What will happen if I become conscious around this? Right now this is feeling pretty uncomfortable in terms of self identification, who am I? Who could I be? What’s important?

I’m about to spend the whole of August putting my energies into others, working on the family programme and the Unitas Summer Arts College with young offenders at The Hepworth Wakefield. I’m ready to be drawn out of my pondering and focus on others responses and needs.

Finding a balance, isn’t that something we are all striving for?

I’ll be posting about the Summer Arts College as we progress, working towards a celebration event and exhibition in early September - so watch this space.