Rummaging in the projects box: organza and lace. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
I’m not a hoarder as such, but I do have a tendency to collect “art materials” – in the loosest possible sense of the term. Beads, buttons, fabric, trim, interesting papers, modelling clays paints, inks …. the list goes on.
When the boy-child was little, we actually used most of these bits and pieces to do art projects — often quite large-scale projects involving half the kids in the neighbourhood. But now that my art-loving preschooler has become a photography-loving teenager and I don’t seem to have either time or space to paint and collage, we’ve arrived at a situation where supply vastly exceeds demand.
Lace scraps. When I had time and space to collage, they provided texture and femininity to the work. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
Of all my art “treasures”, I probably love fabric best. When I was younger and still believed it when people said “you’re no good at art, you can’t draw”, sewing was the main outlet for my creativity and although I haven’t sewn much more than the odd hem in years, I still get excited in fabric shops. I love the kaleidescope of colours, textures, patterns.
Same fabric, different light. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
Play of light on sheer fabric. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
If I were being rational, I’d probably give away my hoard of art treasures, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. I may not be using them at the moment, but I can still enjoying playing.
This week at Lens and Pens by Sally, the phoneography and non-SLR digital devices photo challenge is macro photography.