Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Studio discipline

Yesterday I started the day in despair. My work was awful and I had no time to start again. By the end of the day I was feeling really positive. Pinning the work up and stepping back it wasn't really as bad as I thought. John helped me to see there were some small alterations I could make.

On reflection I realised there are some simple little elements of studio discipline that are crucial to my creative process; making a cup of tea, putting on my linen apron, switching on my favourite radio station. Without these I am all 'at sea' and struggle to settle. This routine helps me to switch over to studio time.

I also find the rhythm of hand stitch a calming element of my practice, although I haven't the patience for large amounts of it. Small areas of stitch work well for me, as a way of blending together disparate elements.


from the other side

8 comments:

  1. I so much needed to read this today! I am struggling with my thesis discipline and you neatly reminded me of my studio discipline (apron, cup of tea and write in my studio journal). I clearly need a study version of this routine - thank you for the prompt :)

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    1. Thanks Felicity. Tea is the answer to so many problems :)

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  2. A warm smile grew on my face as I read your settling in process, Hannah. I do the same, but add in turning on the heater and sometimes the dehumidifier as well, looking in the press (my oven), and gathering up paper - sometimes I'll still have my bag on my shoulder. Then I realise this, and get the apron on. :) Love your work. x

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    1. An apron makes all the difference x

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  3. I have a similar routine. I find hand stitching has a calming effect on me too x

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  4. I have come to thinking that hand stitching is a form of meditation. The slow rhythm on needle in, needle out makes me breath. Ita good to hear it's not just me!

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  5. Hannah, I've come down to this post after starting at the beautiful baptism work you just put up from the 62 group show. That work is so very beautiful and startling. It resonated with me because I am a cold water swimmer, and know exactly what you are talking about when you say it is an euphoric experience and a sensual awakening of the body.
    In regard to this post about studio routine and having emotional doubts, ups and downs, slow hand stitch being a way to find oneself - just wanted to hold your hand on that one as well. Me too.xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Judy. It's good to know that what I am doing makes sense to someone else too. I would like to do more cold water swimming but when I do I have just found it so uplifting. Here's to diving in. xx

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