I'm not the only one that finds repetition soothing though. I was reading about collagist, painter Sarah Gee Miller this week. She's such an inspiration. Reading her story, you can see how she's a lady who realizes that you need to work hard for your art, but she has also learned how to find peace in it too. Concerning her series Eye of the Storm, she writes, "a series of hypnotic repetitions either in circular or hexagon form. There is a striving for balance between optical thrill through saturated colour and calming an agitated mindset through rhythmic and repeated bands." Her video Make A Drawing on a Machine is crazy!! (its a record player...with Led Zeppelin on it ...she thinks.)
She says of her work...
"My work is very meditative. It's a familiar dance, and I know all the moves.
I'll spend eight hours painting stripes and making sure every single line is perfect
or laying down thousand of individual dots - and the thousandth one
has to be as perfect as the first. I don't really know how or why I can do it.
I'm not really a patient person. I guess it's pure stubbornness"
Although I'm not such a perfectionist, I can totally relate to the idea of doing something over and over for the greater good of a larger piece. Although one stitch, one quarter inch seam, one square might not be much....added over and over and over...it adds up to a LOT of beauty and interest and texture and well you get what I mean.
I hope you take some time to look over Miller's work and find some inspiration in it!
Things I Like!
So I put the final decorative touches on my studio. At the beginning of the project, I said I was NOT going to get all girly do cutesy decoration. Well apparently, I was kidding to myself and ended up doing a few cutesy projects!!
Paper Machete Letters filled with rice and mod podge covered with decorative scrap paper (cost about $7 & 3 hrs)
Chip Board letters spelling out a reminder that I'm am there to get things done (cost $10 and 30 min)Contact paper to cover the grey bins that I decided where to industrial (cost $14 and 4 hrs)