Phew, done! That’s a wrap on this year’s #25printsproject. Oddly, it was not at all as stressful as I had anticipated. I started out with preparing weeks in advance, then it was only one week and in the end Tuesday had been established as project day pretty much without any hassle. I kind of found a nice rhythm that works for me so well, that I plan on keeping it for a while. Minus the show and tell on Wednesday though. For that I will think up something new in January.
When I started the #25printsproject this past summer, I wanted it to give me some structure and motivation to work more regularly and with more purpose on my art. That worked out quite nicely and I totally recommend it. Going with only half of the year instead of a whole yearlong weekly project seems to have been a great decision.
Looking at all of my 25 prints at once you can clearly see how unfocused I was when I started and how much I’m not able and/or prepared to just choose one subject matter to work on. The most recurring theme are patterns, that’s one of my great takeaways of this experiment that I like to create, print and work with patterns. I also quite like the more illustrative pieces I did in the beginning and I plan on dedicating some time in the new year to exploring that a bit further with other media. And then there are the faces, I still have no idea where that road will take me, but from time to time when I feel like it, I’ll be going down that particular path a bit further.
When I ordered all those different fabric paints to test, I also got a tiny bottle of gold paint. I thought that has to be the perfect thing to end this project at Christmas with a small bang. I went for triangles cause why not and I decided to print on two pieces of jeans leg that I had lying around. The gold paint was not an instant friend, but after some trial and error, I figured out how to get a print I liked. Subtle and irregular generally is fine by me. I gave sewing the perfect clutch another shot and what I like about this one is, that you can fold over the flap more or less, gives the piece some variation. I used two layers of denim, but I’m still not happy with the sturdiness of the bag. The gold makes it a bit more fancy then the houndstooth, too. All in all, I think it’s quite Christmassy.