As you know, I'm preparing for an installation of The Dresses/ Objects Project to open in San Francisco on June 25, 2010. This is quite a feat in organizing people, objects, and my own creative thinking but today I'm just focusing on the objects and elements in the room: dresses, photos, poems, and dress forms. More so, today I'm focusing only on the walls of the room. So, I'm collecting things and thinking in colors and shapes and fragmented lines from the beloved poet, Gertrude Stein. Here's a list of my thinking:
Everything starts here, with this letterpress print of a Gertrude Stein poem.
Last week, I spent a few hours in a fabric shop searching for grays, purples, and plums in wool, linen, cotton, and canvas.
Now, everywhere I look I notice the purple and gray: these little flowers outside my front step will probably find their way into tiny little vases in the installation. They are the perfect shade of purple, after all.
I made a new mixed media print using a few inches of the new fabric. That circle of text reads: wedding ring, feather, clouds, and rain (beloved gray & silver things).
I wanted the fabric to be layered together in a mishmash way, letting the various stitches sit on top of the patch instead of hidden underneath.
I've gone back to my first copy of Stein's Tender Buttons. I want to use her text to make my own short poems to be painted on the walls.
Flipping through the pages of the newest Elle Decor, I found this photo of my color theme: gray, purple, beige, and an inevitable bit of botanical green.
I've created a gallery of inspiration boards on Flickr, but this one was in the new Elle Decor. I love this photograph so much I just might keep it in my wallet. "Live beautifully", amen.
My notebook is full of lists and more lists. This one lists the elements that will be in the room, complete with question marks where I'm undecided.
And this page of my notebook is complete with sketches of the gallery space. Seven and 1/2 weeks until the opening: I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.