Friday, March 22, 2013

repetition

i've learned that to repeat 
a process
 repeat
 more than two or three times
 more even than twenty times
 during many seasons
 maybe even years
 makes it possible
 to begin to understand
the possibilities
there are 60 papers
ecoprinted.
i'm beginning to learn a little
my hands know a little more.
~~~
north country: 
late winter, late afternoon,
a workshop with eight college students
the sustainability semester
at st. lawrence university
learned some dye techniques, too.
no photos; i forgot.

27 comments:

Valerianna said...

Look at all those papers!! Yup... again and again and again and we start to learn what we are doing, or more, our mind gets out of the way and our body-wisdom takes over.

onesmallstitch said...

omg! they're amazing.

Lynn said...

Wow, that's stunning!

Debbie said...

They are just beautiful, all together they look like wallpaper

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, i think it's good to be reminded. so much of the work i do is full of repetition, i forget to pay attention. this time i was "awake".
jean, i'm getting there
lynn, thanks
debbie, they were nifty as a temporary floor quilt!

blandina said...


In my desire to explore new things, I rarely repeat a process; I should be considering doing this, though.Not only for the learning but for the beauty of different trials put together.

Velma Bolyard said...

blandina, i've learned to limit my scope...i'd love to work with wood, but i won't. i have so much to learn about paper and books and fiber.

jude said...

a tribute to just going.

Alice said...

Many small changes adding up to big discoveries. This is a beautiful body of work.

mjc said...

WOW!!!

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, alice!
melissa, i think this is a rayHoo moment!

mansuetude said...

Truly. Truly. Amazing

Fiona Dempster said...

An amazing collection V - and testament to repetition and multiples. They are astonishing all together and reflective of your time spent with them. A big Wow and rayHoo indeed.

Barry said...

V- such a huge collection. And whilst the repetition teaches us about the techniques it is interesting how the results are still unique. Go well. B

Velma Bolyard said...

m, they look pretty good together
fiona, big grin
barry, yes, that's so right

india flint said...

well, y'all know what they say about getting to Carnegie Hall...

Velma Bolyard said...

yep, india, and i'm beginning to understand it.

ArtPropelled said...

Indeed...and I like Valerianna's comment about getting out of one's own way and our body wisdom taking over. Lovely to catch a glimpse of the process.

Velma Bolyard said...

robyn, yes, we can learn so much when we repeat. have to be careful, though and always push/risk forward, too.

Velma Bolyard said...

jude--just going is sometimes everything, isn't it?

Long Ridge Farm said...

Youza bouza, you are rocking!

Velma Bolyard said...

and now there are more, nancy

Jennifer said...

This is my 3rd or 4th time back to ogle your most exquisitely dyed papers. Big sigh of awe......

Velma Bolyard said...

jennifer, they are better in person!

Susan said...

These are amazing! So many colors so comfortable together. Really beautiful.

Velma Bolyard said...

susan, yes, many colors happy

Christine said...

Nice. Really nice.

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