mind mapping

Sometimes the only thing I can do in the studio is not focus. I flit from piece to piece with nary a thought to consistency or plan. Often my eyes rest on this old timer. I am calling it my mind map. Though it would probably be more accurate if I called it mind unmapping.

mind map
 Mind map, detail, Paula Kovarik

Mind map, detail, Paula Kovarik

I use this piece as a collage of thoughts and images. All of it is random. All of it pieced from other works...many that traveled along a detour, got a flat tire and ended up stashed away in some far away failure drawer. Sometimes I just hand stitch on it. Other times I add detail with my machine. I will continue to add layers and layers until it all makes sense.

Maybe it will make sense someday. Maybe not. For now it is a great resting point for me. There are no risks with this piece. I know if I don't like it I can cut it up.

 Mind map, stitching, Paula Kovarik

Mind map, stitching, Paula Kovarik

I don't know why, but I really like the way this silly pink flower looks against the hand stitching below it.