How quickly things change! This blog post follows very closely on the heels of the last one, which with hindsight was terribly introspective. This one needs to be shouted from 'the highest hills!' P.S. If you decide to listen to Secret Love, try George Michael's version!
'Trust the process' .. is such good advice. (Being able to separate my thoughts into boxes really did the trick.) As you know, I have been working on images and ideas for the DNA project 'Three Score & 10: our days are numbered' in earnest since last August. The groundwork I did before my enforced absence earlier this year was solid and reliable, and I just needed to trust myself and revisit it with fresh eyes ...
I had always envisioned the centrepiece of the exhibition being a large sculptural piece which members of The Stitchbook Collective could take part in. The discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is what the whole exhibition is celebrating.
I have had something of an obsession with beading for ages (QUOTE: 'You and your bloody beads!') and this time I seems to have hit the jackpot! I have worked out how to replicate a form which follows a very simplified diagram of the molecular structure of DNA - using a pattern of 6 different 'beads' and wire, representing: Adeine and Thymine, Guanine and Cyosine, and the phosphate deoxiribose backbone.
Now that I am confident I have established my aim for the centrepiece of the exhibition, I am happy to start in earnest putting feelers out about exhibition space. The dimensions of the finished work will obviously be restricted by the size of the chosen venue. Wish me luck!
I will be in touch with members of The Stitchbook Collective shortly to explain how I see the logistics of the project working. Like the KIMONO Project which we worked on together last year for The Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate, I hope that we can find an opportunity for the outcome of this project to assist in our fundraising endeavours.