Last Friday I introduced Su Bonfanti as our guest blogger, and we saw her lovely books. Here is the next part of her creative journey.
One of the things that fuelled my bookbinding was learning to draw. When I was a child, my sister was considered ‘the artistic one’. I managed to get through about 13 years of school without doing much art. But when I was about 40 I taught myself to draw and I started going to classes and –surprise! – I discovered that not only did I love it, I was good at it.
Around the same time after trying all kinds of textile media and not finding one that inspired me, I discovered felt-making and immediately started producing my own work, mostly installation pieces and large series. I was full of ideas.
Fast forward to last year. There I was having taken early retirement and spending more time on my felt, drawing and books but increasingly feeling that I needed something to help me develop and sustain my ideas. I also wanted to find ways to show my work more. End result: a (successful) application for a place on the MA Drawing course at UAL Wimbledon. Here’s some of what I put in the portfolio that was part of my application.
It turned out to be a good exercise for me, reviewing my work and finding the common threads and ideas about the creation of personal space and enclosure as both protection and constraint.
And wish me luck: it’s 35 years since I last took a formal academic course!
You can follow her at Twitter – @subonfanti.
Su, of course we wish you luck, but actually, you don’t need ‘luck’ as you have a special gift and huge talent. So we wish you joy and we look forward to another blog in the not too far future, telling us about your next leap.