The main – was to get into the habit of working in a journal and one of the activities of the workshop was precisely to keep a journal to establish this habit or ritual. Dawna's promotional blurb read 'creating and using a visual journal to inform your work'. Tailor made you'd say.
But I know from experience that journaling can become like ‘the work’ as you get immersed in process, as it gains in significance or momentum. One or two other workshop participants describe having shelves of journals and Dawna too certainly would have her own library of journals, as she begins one with each new trip taken or new project. You don't have to fill all the pages, she suggests. I don't want to get too caught up in journaling that it eclipses everything else.
I greatly admired Dawna’s use of stitching in her beautifully composed textile work. I noticed that Dawna, who is a hills’ resident and lives not 15 minutes’ drive from me was running a workshop at the Ballarat Fibre Forum next year, but as with most of these workshops, I have the uncanny knack of finding out about them when they are already full. Then fortuitously she came to offer the same workshop (with some modifications – it is not for instance, exclusively for the textile artist) at Burrinja Cultural Centre, only a 10-minute drive away.
I have been attending the workshop 2 days a week for the past 2 weeks and the final two days wrap up this week. In retrospect attending over 4-5-6 intensive days in a row away from home and its many distractions, obligations, and interruptions would have been far more fruitful for me. But you have to work with what you have…and now that the course is about to end I wish there were several more weeks of it ahead.
Foreground Max is adding stitch
This wasn't supposed to be 'the work' but it could be
The next three photos show Rhonda working according to the directive we were given, make a mark, step back, look, make another mark, look again