Thursday, July 1, 2010
Those of us here in the United States have probably used the #2 pencil for most of our lives. It's the ubiquitous yellow wooden pencil with soft dark lead that we were given in school. Most of us carried them in our backpacks and pencil boxes, and we bought a new supply every September. It's the pencil we were required to use for standardized "fill in the box" test forms, and they were required when I took the bar exam. I have such strong associations triggered by this simple object -- most of them good -- so this piece celebrates the #2 pencil.
(By the way, is it the same in other countries? Is the yellow pencil the same, called by another name? Do you have an equivalent writing instrument that you associate with school?)
The background piece is hand-dyed fabric -- the first of the summer season! The scribbled squares were "art parts" I had from an old project, drawn with acrylic paint and a tjanting tool and then washed with acrylic paint. The purple just happened to match the background fabric rather perfectly, and they are fused onto the background. I had fun drawing and painting the pencil shapes on white fabric -- they are fused as well. I quilted it and faced it with a simple facing.
I didn't have an immediate purple/yellow idea, I must confess, and a lot of time passed while I contemplated the possibilities for this challenge. Finally, I started thinking about yellow things, and purple things, without dwelling on purple and yellow together. Once I thought about the #2 pencil, I knew I had my concept. Re-discovering those scribbled squares in a basket made me very happy!