2016 saw me incredibly uninspired. I had no interest in any creative work at all. I tried a few things to get back into a creative flow but I just had nothing. I spent the last year loving my new job and decompressing from the bullying I had endured from my previous job. We were finally settling into our own home. A perimenopausal malaise reared it’s ugly head and everytime I sat down to do something creative I just stared into space.
My mind wandered, and it wandered to paper. I have been in love with Japanese paper since the 1980’s and spent a lot of time last year reading about Wabi Sabi which kind of ties in with my old work in paper conservation.
“Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.” – Lifted from Wikipedia (!)
In paper conservation Japanese paper is used to repair book pages and documents. It’s very intricate and all consuming work. When repairs are finished you can see where the old and new mix, the imperfections of the paper becomes beautiful and a new piece of it’s story has been added. I really miss it. I miss the textures, layers, and fibres.
So I thought I might go back to collage and start creating Artists Books again. It will combine the work I miss with my creative spirit. When I think of doing this, I really start to feel inspired. I already have a few ideas sketched out. And – I’ve been shopping! Started a new collection of Japanese papers. Not a lot because it’s really pricey but enough to start out on some new work.
I have to string out my art purchases. Paper this month and next payday will see some Gold Leaf and adhesives coming my way and I am ridiculously excited 🙂
I’m hoping to return fully to blogging – I’ve also missed that.