We got a fair bit of ice last weekend here, so I was forced to stay home. I did manage to get some work done, although honestly I read most of the time.
I planned out a whole series of weavings based around poppy imagery and the idea of seeds as memories. I'm pretty satisfied with what I have planned out and I think there is a logical progression between the pieces. I have also developed a color scheme for my warps that I would like to stick to (poppy red, indigo blue, dark brown, white, and gray), but I have no idea what colors I want to use in my weft. I've thought about white, light gray, and a pale turquoise, but I am going to need to do a series of samples to see if those colors are going to work, and how they are going to interact with my warp colors.
I also started to make balls out of Sculpey to incorporate into the pieces (similar to the piece that I shared last week). It's taking a lot longer than I though and it really started to hurt my hands.
I've also been working on my self-portrait for 2015. I dyed the silk laminated paper black, and I am getting ready to cut out the contact paper for my silk screen, but I was looking at it the other day and I've sort of been tossing around the idea of, instead of printing the portrait with dye, to try and discharge the portrait with discharge paste. I've never attempted to do discharge on silk laminated paper, but I could always do tests. Then again, I want this portrait to be really dark, since my reflection is really about failure and depression. I just wanted to print with black ink on black paper and cover it in black tulle, like a veil. So, who knows, I need to really look at it this weekend. That is the piece that I want to get finished first.
I also took a break from reading non-fiction over the snow days, mainly because I have run out of non-fiction books to read for the time being. I've had Neil Gaiman's "Anansi Boys" sitting on my shelf for some time and I had started reading it, but kind of lost interest in it. So, I decided to give it another try. Overall, I thought it was decent.
I really enjoy Gaiman's style of writing in general, but with both "Anansi Boys" and "American Gods", I struggled to find the same joy I found in his other works like "Stardust". I like the way that Anansi's mythical world is implanted in the real world and interconnected with it. I also like the idea of the plot. But, I really thought that the story could have been much shorter. The first few chapters seem to drag on, and perhaps it is this way for the readers who have never read "American Gods", but I found it slow and tedious, which could possibly be why I didn't make it through the book the first go round. Some of the characters were annoying too, like Rosie's mom, making it hard to invest myself in their existence. Lastly, portions of the story do not further the plot and the I thought the ending was kind of predictable.
Overall, the book fell short, which is regrettable because it did have a lot of potential. I say read it if you are invested in Gaiman's work, but otherwise, I'd say take a pass.