Friday, April 17, 2009

More Fun with Rayna

Yesterday we did several creativity exercises, the kind of tools you need in your arsenal when the well feels dry. I tried mind-mapping, and also making a small piece that takes the essence of a photograph. Here's the three small (journal size) exercises I did from one photograph.

And we did exercises just using a word or an emotion. I got 'flakey', 'angry' and 'flexible'. That one certainly helped me pick up the kind of images I gravitate towards.

Today we are going to start with the fabric. I've pinned mine up on my design wall, some I created here, some I brought with me. And I have lots more to pick from should I need different or more.

I am really looking forward to this part, I think it will feel comfortable since I've worked like this before. But having other creative types around to help critique will be a wonderful bonus.

This fabric I did here deserves a quilt of its own- I love it, and hopefully will find or create some companions to help it sing. The screen is one I made of the huge wind turbines close to our home.

I can't tell you how relaxing and energizing this has been. If you ever have a chance to take a workshop with Rayna, RUN! She is a marvelous, giving teacher.


Carole said...

Hi, Beverly - hope you made it home safely. AQuA was fun this morning with everyone showing the fabric they made in class.

Gerrie said...

I love the construction fence piece!!

Cindy Cooksey said...

You made some gorgeous fabric! I'm excited, because I just signed up for a Rayna Gillman 2-day workshop in Fullerton, CA in June. Now I can't wait!