We had initially stated that if ‘Women of the Walk’ was not being accepted for exhibition, we would still progress the project anyway; however we have subsequently decided that it would be more beneficial to take other aspects of meeting in the middle, such as the village noticeboards, and develop new concepts instead.
However, in the short-term we have decided to resurrect a project that we initially began in 2009… the working title was originally an ABC of Stitching and Sewing, a follow-on book to our previous edition entitled ABC of Childhood Memories – we got as far as collecting a series of dress patterns from the 70s and 80s, along with personal stories from family and friends to use as the narrative, and then for some reason the project stopped. Although this isn’t unusual when working alone – I personally have sketchbooks full of unfinished project ideas – working collaboratively is different, as you feel a commitment to the other person and to the idea, so it is rare to dismiss a project once it is underway.
Whilst we both have some reservations about returning to this subject matter – as our most recent practice has moved away from this style of book – having discussed the issue, we realise that the idea of using previously disregarded ideas and material will in itself be a challenge. We see it as an opportunity to employ new knowledge and working practices in the development of a project from our past.
An email at the start of January laid out the bare bones of an idea. Talking face to face is the most effective way of developing a project in the early stages as it enables us to bat ideas backwards and forwards quickly – and it’s a process we are both comfortable with. During a Facetime conversation today we resolved the format and methodology and are now in a position to start developing the project further. We will adopt a similar working practice of developing the inside cards that we used for meeting in the middle and both take responsibility for all aspects of the cards, rather than T working specifically on the fronts and P the backs.