Stage 6: prototype/maquette-making

I’ve got a bit lost in the admin of this course and blog because I had a Big Idea being grown. It meant I had to walk away from all thinking on the topic.

I have learnt this from the course. This incubation of which I’ve shared before is a critical part of my creative process and I have learnt not to feel afraid of it. There are always new ideas, new breakthroughs, new epiphanies. I am hooked on that gasp of breath when inspiration takes hold. I am hooked on the birth of unforced ideas. Don’t get me wrong the stage before this calm is hell. But I know recognise a pattern in my creative process. After the self doubt, the despair, the brink – comes abandonment. Just being back in the world of time and season.


However, this is not a giving up… I recognise that now, or a giving in. This is the slack tide. And then boy when the tide turns does it rush in or rush out!

Final piece formed. A week. no blogging (reading or writing). No input of visual food. No reading or research. Nothing. not one conscious thought on the course. Then last night after hacking through the garden and cutting the lawn and doing practical work the ideas poured out. I knew what to do and how to do it.

Get out the paper, the watercolour, the brushes, say what I need to feel with the splatters and an asemic bleed of a sentence. Listen to trance music loud. Get the hand and eye and pulse going.

Then, two layers, slicing with mathematical precision, re-piecing with the machine:

And the final piece emerges from beneath my hands.

Stitching the piece together

The Final Piece


9 thoughts on “Stage 6: prototype/maquette-making

  1. Congratulations, Lottie. It has been great to follow your thinking and work on this piece. The time of retrenchment and contemplation has paid off. The research on the course does spark off ideas about what may be possible, but sometimes you need to let your own ideas ferment and take you in their own direction. Interesting that gardening ‘released the flow’ – I get that from walking, too.


    1. Thank you ashmorely for your comment on my photo. I’m constantly learning about myself. I just wonder if I keep peeling off the layers what will I be left with though?


    2. Thank you Julia. Love that word ‘retrenchment’. Walking settles my mind too. I find much peace walking. Perhaps hacking down elder that grows into weed trees in days here stirs up a different emotion!

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  2. I’ve been re-reading this and thinking how to respond, Lottie. Mainly I feel delighted for you that you have come to this level of comfort with your own creative processes. And as ever it is fascinating to see how your creativity works, how you progress from a block to a sudden outpouring and this final piece which seems to perfectly encapsulate what you were trying to express.


  3. Do you know the artist Yaacov Agam? His work is very different from yours but this basic concept of using folds to hide and reveal is something he uses brilliantly. I saw his holocaust memorial sculpture in New Orleans a few years ago and thought it was incredible.

    The technique is even named after him: agamograph


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