I’ve been mostly working on photography. Last Sunday, 3 May, I spent the day at Shag Rock. Got there just after 6am, too dark to focus, so it was good to have Ron with me. He thought he was only coming to help me lug the gear, but he took my head torch down onto the beach to light up the rock so I could get a decent focus. He didn’t stay! I was hoping for a sunrise, but there wasn’t one, nor a sunset either, but the tide and the time worked out perfectly, with high tide about midday. I’ve sent twelve to CQ Print which should be ready tomorrow. Printing them is a trial to see if the idea of hanging them, as large prints, works.
FYI - Uni has an arrangement with CQ while the uni print shop is closed. It is a bit cheaper than CQ’s normal rate.
Today I’ve also been making images of leaves and sand (left over from last year’s Hurunui River work) for the slide work. They’ll be processed in time for class. Sent a couple of earlier ones to CQ Print today too. They will be on A4 transparent film and I’ll cut them up and layer them into the slide mounts. Making a template on Illustrator did my head in – I miss you guys, especially when it comes to stuff like that – and I won’t know until tomorrow if I got there in the end. It looks ok, but I want the background to be transparent – fingers crossed.
The embroidery is growing. I’m getting a little bit faster, but the slowness is quite meditative and I like that. For me it is the lines and texture of the Morse code translation of TS Eliot’s poem that is attracting me, and the black and white of the fabric and thread, which also references early photography when there was only B&W. I’ve ben thinking about how the embroidery might develop into a larger acrylic work.
- Feedback would be useful around the potential for the Morse Code embroidery to develop into an acrylic work. I’m thinking simple, black and white, lightbox kind of thing, shadows, backlit, but would appreciate your comments.
- Not many people today, me included, know Morse code with any degree of fluency, unless you are a ham radio enthusiast. Would it help a viewer access the work if there was a complementary work in English?
- Also, some feedback about the Shag Rock photos. I’d like to do it again, but in a different location. What do you think?