Saturday, April 6, 2019
Last week on Art With a Needle
You may have noticed that I'm posting found poetry only once a month instead of once a week as I did in 2018. I've noticed that after I have been doing a particular form of daily or weekly art it's hard to let go. For instance, I used to post a "photo suite" -- five or six photos on a single theme -- once a week, for four years. Finally I decided it was time to stop, but couldn't bring myself to go cold turkey, so I dropped back to once a month for another year before I was able to let go.
After a year of weekly found poetry, following a year of daily text, I didn't want to put in that much time every week -- but I still owned (own) a huge pile of poetry bits, painstakingly searched out and cut out and filed, and the thought of abandoning those dozens of hours of work was more than I could bear. So I'm doing found poetry once a month.
Sonja left a comment: "Love the words inspired by your art, or was it the other way?" Almost always, words first, then a big search for an appropriate image to go along with it. Fortunately in addition to a huge pile of poetry bits, I have a huge box full of pictures left over from three years of daily collage, so after I have composed the poem I look through my box of pictures to find one that goes with the words.
Here's my favorite miniature of the week: