I have always heard artists being encouraged to work in a series, to explore a particular inspiration until it has finished speaking. And I've always thought that sounded like a good idea, but never felt any piece I made was anything more than a one off, complete on its own.
A couple of years ago I took a class from fiber artist Barbara Olson in which she asked us to bring objects from nature for inspiration. So, this is where I started:
We spent some time sketching, given various instructions as to orientation, size, etc., and were finally told to just draw however it came to us in the last exercise. I was pleased with the last drawing and knew I would develop it into a fabric piece.
The interesting thing about this piece is that as soon as I began working on it I began to get ideas for two or three more possibilities. So far there are two pieces in the Pod series. Pod I on the left is probably the closest any piece in the series will be to the drawing and Pod II, on the right, is probably the most abstract.
I've got some ideas brewing for Pod III, and it will be interesting to see if it falls somewhere in the middle despite being the last piece in the series.