Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fragments of Time

I loved the prompt word - Procrastination.  Really got me thinking.

Process: first thought of "why" we procrastinate - in general. Could be some  underlying fear of failure or for some - fear of success. Maybe we don't think  that we have the specific skill required or talent needed to complete the task  and that we will face ridicule. Maybe we're in conflict about the task at hand  and aren't even sure it's something that we want to do. Maybe we're overwhelmed  by other demands in our lives and can't give adequate attention to this newer  demand. Maybe we don't have a clear enough image of exactly what it is we want  to accomplish. Maybe the task is boring compared to some other activity that  could substitute.

I considered these ideas and wrote the following Haiku:

           The Haiku

Demands, wants, needs, musts

I want to..........I don't want to

Relentless tick - tock

I decided that I would set specific goals for the art work.

1.  To complete the work in a set amount of time -      time that I alternatively would have spent that evening playing a game on the computer . I thought that it was not unreasonable to have the main designing and rough assembly done in 45 minutes.                   I would do the quilting and finishing the following day.
2. I have a plastic storage box full of previously fused cotton scraps - some of which are remnants from previous projects.  My challenge was to use ONLY fabrics from that particular box.  Believe me, there was plenty to choose from.

Done! The completed piece is approximately 12 inches by 12 inches. It is entitled Fragments of Time. Disparate elements brought together to form a cohesive whole. It demonstrates how focus, definition and time
limits overcame procrastination in one dedicated to that art.
Constructed in a very traditional straightforward way - cotton with fused  applique, machine quilted. 

Fragments of Time

Detail -Fragments of Time


Silvia "OrkaLoca" Dell'Aere said...

Hi, I've loved to read about your ideas about procrastination and your creative process. Thank you!
Your quilt is very nice and remember me my behaviour when I procrastinate, jumping from this to that doing bites and pieces of hundreds works without finish one.

Anonymous said...

This is so appropriate! and definitive of the procrastination process. ..and I like how you portrayed it... bits and pieces... but that is how I use my time, to feel I am accomplishing something!
I am particularly drawn to the background fabric... I like what the quilting lines did to the batik.
Good job!

Michele said...

I've decided I need a drill sergeant to set me straight and keep me from going around in circles.

Becky said...

Lovely quilting. I too was thinking of the "why" of my procrastination detailed that perfectly.

Martha Dennis said...

Guila, your dissection of why we procrastinate is wonderful! All of those things apply to me, one day or another.

I like the fragments concept in your quilt, since it so aptly depicts how many of us ever get anything at all done - a little of this job, a little of that one...

Cherie in Del Mar said...

Oh yes...a little of this, a little of that...I know it well! I love the interpretation into 'tick-tock'. So true!Very interesting piece as well. Great color contrast.


Robin said...

Great use of time and materials along with a perfect description of procrastination.