This visual memo is titled "Evolution of an Image". It's genesis was rereading a journal entry from December 2007 about the cancer of a dear friend... and then linking this entry to art experiences and finally back to the art and the life/death of the individual I am writing about. The individual I am writing about has now passed away. I am saddened by his death, but glad to be able to share with you about his impact on my thinking...and (and this would give him a chuckle)...his impact on my methodological thinking! In sharing the visual memo with you in digital form it gives me a chance to annotate it electronically.
[This may be hard to read--we learn about the cancer and hold a laying on of hands ceremony at the church.]
These two events--cancer and Maggie Ayers are, initially, unrelated. Maggie Ayers is a fantastic mixed-media artist from Northern England. She has made a series of YouTube videos describing various art activities. There is actually one on green/blues and her method of creating fiber cocoons. You can learn more about her at: http://www.maggieayres.co.uk/
Felter's Fling--August 2009--is when I begin the pieces began to fall together. As I was looking for a link to Felter's Fling--I found this blog item by one of the instructor's--and my photo was on it!! I am wearing the felt hat that won me an award. http://weaversew.com/wordblog/2009/08/24/felters-fling/comment-page-1/
However, if you want the real low-down on Felter's Fling...try this link: http://www.blacksheepdesigns.com/index.html
At this point, the original experience of the laying on of hands ceremony, the interaction with Maggie Ayers and Felter's Fling...has led to a new understanding of the life/death of my friend and has created a new form that symbolizes this life/death to me.
Visual memos serve many different purposes (as do purely written memos). Visual memos can range from all visual and no text...to a load of text and limited visuals.
I intend to think more here about their uses and the forms they take.