So this should be straightforward. Select a theme for 2013, on which to base this year's journal quilts, each of which is to be 12 x 8 inches in a landscape format. So far, I have written notes on
- there are places I remember, exploring 12 of the addresses where I have lived. As these have all been in the Uk, it doesn't give much scope for riotous explorations of other cultures, and there may well be memories that I really don't want to commit to cloth. However, I've evidently been mulling this over as one of the addresses I had forgotten flooded back to me today.
- foods that are part of my personal history, from pear tart, via limeade and on to pitta bread pizzas and flapjack, this could be a rich seam
but are these themes likely to lead to pictorial outcomes, which I want to avoid? If they don't head to pictorial outcomes, will I be able to convey the full sense of what these addresses / foods meant to me, and indeed what they mean to me with the hindsight of today?
So perhaps I need a theme that can be interpreted in a more abstract way?
- learning to draw. I'm determined to try to learn to draw to a higher standard this year. How to convey this in textile and stitch?
- changes. My family has a lot of change ahead in the next two years, most planned, but some not, how to evoke this?
- a single word in all its manifestations, e.g. Pipe: drain pipe; ceci nest pas une pipe; pipeline; piping ( with three different meanings); piped music?
- maps and what they mean to me?
- 150 years of the Underground?
- metal gates, grand and mundane?
- colour studies from my memorable photos of 2012?
The deadline to declare a theme is 15th February, so I hope I'll have sifted through this lot by then.