Write Me for Art continues… I tested out a new fabric for the machine text today. Or tried to. Funny how sewing machines can cause sudden fits of swearing. Embroidery machines are another level of complex, and therefore a lot more obnoxious (especially when many different people work on them and do who knows what to them each day). That said, I think the fabric is a perfect fit for the project. Second round of text-size adjustments. I still don’t have single correctly printed statement yet, but I think I’ve found the right size, embroidery method and fabric. Whew!
Mail for the project trickling in most days. I love it. There is something so wonderful about getting actual, physical mail. I have postcode-stamps from New York, San Francisco, Vermont, Portland Maine, Iowa, Chicago, and France. So far just French and English, but I’m hoping some of my Spanish ones come back (I did some instructions in Spanish and handed out a fair few. I think I should make a Chinese one for passing out here because That would cover the three most spoken languages in SF. So many statements!
One thing that has surprised me is the similar feelings that people chose to share- even with less than fifty so far there are some distinct trends. The hand embroidery goes slower now that the semester has started but I’m pretty pleased with the results so far.
In other news it seems like I have an exciting commission piece coming up in the summer- a new Particapatory Installation that will take place over the course of years. So exciting! It’s wonderful when you are so on the same page with someone that you don’t even have to ask the question “am I willing to sacrifice my artistic integrity here?” Something I tend to say No to as a rule. I’m flexible and good at fitting ideas into harmony with mine, but outright against I won’t do. This project is exciting enough to be a little distracting, but knowing it will be there waiting for me in the Spring is a wonderful feeling.