In the workshop today and it was GREAT! I am working on a brooch which I have been designing in my head for about a month so it was wonderful to actually see it starting to exist.
Strangely it was a zen experience in the shed. Usually after a longish absence from making it takes a day or so to get my eyes and hands to behave themselves. Usually there are broken blades 1,2,3 or 4 in a row, some dodgy soldering and quite a bit of pissing around trying to work out what I’m doing out there!
I don’t usually thinking of my making style in a zen-like way, but that’s the most apt description for this cynic today. My making style is often rather heady – that is, engaging the intellect over the material rather than with it.
And all I’m saying about the piece I’m working on is that it includes wood. Why the still from Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress ? (– watched this with the children today). There’s quite a bit of wood carrying going on so just realised how apt our choice of film was. You will have to check back in a few days to see the finished piece.