One significant aspect of the Unconditional Yes installation will be a temporary living room space that I create in the middle of the gallery. The college has gathered some comfortable furniture that I will cover with comfortable afghans and pillows to invite people to sit awhile and have a conversation with me. The room itself will be marked off with translucent curtains and a knit and crocheted path will lead the visitor from the gallery main entrance to the room. For the week between the installation and the opening, I will be in the gallery each day, talking with visitors (and, no doubt, finishing up last details of work).
Yesterday I went to Mood Fabrics on W 37th Street to purchase the curtain fabric. If you can't find it at Mood, it doesn't exist.
This is but one of many, many aisles of fabric. It is hard not to feel inspired just walking around in there. I ended up with colours a little quieter than I anticipated buying but they are very beautiful and, I hope, will convey the mixture of welcome and comfort that I am after.
This was just so pretty that I had to take a picture. Velvet ribbon! I want it all.
Then it was homeward where I had to face facts. I had seven rows left to finish on my piece and I ran out of hand-dyed wool. I am pretty sure that "Uu Not Squander Your Life" will not convey the message I am seeking.
I took a chance at dyeing another lot of yarn the same colour. This is where my wholly unscientific dyeing policy comes back to bite me in the ass. I was cursing my total lack of dyeing notes, colour samples, weight measuring and careful observation. My free wheeling, devil-may-care, toss it in the pot and be happy attitude was suddenly a major liability.
I think I did pretty well. Everything's gonna be alright.
And on to the next one.