a new skill

Soon I will be learning to weld!  I have always wanted to learn, and have been a wee bit embarrassed that I don’t know how.  I have visions of welding great and wonderful things, like Louise Bourgeois's giant spider sculpture, "Maman".  But really, I have no idea if I’ll even like it, or be good at it.  I just find it a skill that I need to know how to do.  Perhaps it will change everything for me, and perhaps it will just be another skill to catalog. I’ve been working with wire since the late 90’s, but always a kind of tedious sewing, and layering and not fabrication or forging.  I hope to also learn to forge metal some day, but first, I am going to learn to weld.

Melanie Newcombe Art