It's been kind of quiet here at jump cut arts, at least as far as writing goes. I have been doing a lot of reading and making.
I am hand sewing every night - so rewarding, comforting and productive.
I've rediscovered linocut printing, a process I tried years ago and have now fully embraced, and in doing so I found something I lost.
Having developed my own film (which if you didn't do right, you had to reshoot and hope for the best), I could only see the final results of my work a few hours later, after a spot was available in the shared lab.
This was a long process - not then, really, but an eternity by today's standards. Analog photography takes a long time and it is an expensive pursuit too. But for a 19 year old who loved the mystery and thrill of the photo lab, I also loved every minute of my mistakes and successes.
I'd spend any money I made as a teaching assistant on more film and paper (and cappuccinos).
So a few weeks ago smack in the middle of peeling a print off a block, all of these college memories came flooding back - a true moment of deja vù.
Just as I panicked about exposure times and f-stops in the darkness of that lab years ago, feeling a thrilling bit of discovery and anticipation of work about to reveal itself, I stood at my table and froze.
Used too much ink? Too little ink? Did I frame it properly? Would people get it? Would people like it?
My heart was pounding. I continued to peel.
The print was fine.
It was a very happy moment for me.
I traveled back in time to the moment I discovered creative expression, the sheer joy of learning and making, and all the possibilities that process holds.
I wasn't expecting it, nor was I looking for it, but there it was - I felt renewed.
As you can tell by the accompanying leaves, I started this post a few weeks ago. By now I should be sharing ornaments and trees and white lights. The leaves look nice though, so I'll keep them.
This little break from writing has been a good thing for me. I'm really looking forward to a new year of creativity and I hope you are too.
PS - If you haven't seen the Pantone Color of the Year (2107), go do it! Finally, a color I l-o-v-e!