Friday, August 12, 2016
How Long Did it Take You to Make One of These?
(Above: Window CXXIII. Framed: 17 1/4" x 15 1/4". Inventory # 3802. $265. Click on any image in this blog post to enlarge.)
One of the most frequently asked questions I hear is, "How long did it take you to make that?" I don't know the answer. Honestly! I don't know. Why? Well, when working on smaller pieces, I have several on my table. If I cut a circle of polyester stretch velvet that is either too large or two small for one work, it will undoubtedly find a place on another piece. It makes sense to work like this, but then I really don't know how long I have invested in each one.
(Above: Window CXXVI. Framed: 17 1/4" x 15 1/4". Inventory # 3805. $265.)
Then there is the matter of prep work. All the polyester stretch velvet has to have Pellon's 805/Wonder Under ironed to the reverse before I start. I buy Wonder Under by the bolt and go through it fast ... especially when receiving an order from SpandexWorld.com, a company that sells the material by the yard. My orders generally include ten to twelve different colors, a yard each. Sometimes a full day is spent on prep work ... but for how many pieces? I just don't know.
(Above: Window CXXVIII. Framed: 17 1/4" x 15 1/4". Inventory # 3808. $265.)
Then, there is the time to be spent in the garage melting the holes. There's time to mount and frame each piece ... and then photograph and blog it. With so many different steps, there's just no way for me to figure out the length of time I spend on an individual piece.
I'm also used to working on more than one at a time. Why not? Each piece goes through so many stages. There's time in my studio, time in the garage, time in the "frame shop" (which is my downstairs). Thus, why not have work in various stages and in different locations ... all at the same time?
(Above: Window CXXV. Framed: 17 1/4" x 15 1/4". Inventory # 3804. $265.)
The only constants seem to be the need for more work, my inventory book, and a blog post to share the completed pieces. Right now, I'm gearing up for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in November and a big solo show at City Art during the same month. I need plenty of new work. So ... I have lots of pieces in progress.
(Above: Window CXXVII. Framed: 17 1/4" x 15 1/4". Inventory # 3806. $265.)
The work presented here was done during the last two weeks. The amount of time any one of them took will remain a mystery.
(Above: Window CXXIV. Framed: 17 1/4" x 15 1/4". Inventory # 3803. $265.)
As I type this blog post, there is one larger piece in the garage and another one under my sewing machine. Several pieces of recycled, black industrial felt have been cut and are waiting for work to be constructed on each one. There's lots to do ... no matter where I go! I love working this way.
There's a rhythm to working this way. Also, after making a bunch of "stained glass" inspired pieces, I have all sorts of strangely shaped scraps of polyester stretch velvet. At that time, I cut it up into squares and rectangles. At this point, I know it is time to make more of my "In Box" series work ... and the new ones will be shared on the next blog post!
Posted by Susan Lenz at 12:54 PM