Challeng(ing) Perceptions & Perspectives



I needed to write an Artist Statement ……….. went online for help and discovered this Company  –

The advice was FREE, straight forward and down to earth, as you’d imagine given the Company name.

Here’s a TED Talk by the founder of the company Karen Atkinson, which gives and interesting insight into the stumbling blocks faced by Artists and Creatives. The latter term I had to look up – discovered it could be a writer or artist who uses their imagination or skills to make things.  Another example was someone who in a graphics business produces graphics rather than be involved with management ….. hmmmmm .. maybe I should call myself a creative not an artist.


Do you document your work?

How to Build a Tall Ship by Judi Tompkins

Judi keeps a photo diary as she works on her rug hooking projects.  Worth doing for many reasons; provenance, costing (a record of time spent and materials used) plus keeping track of design and colour plan.  Judi has taken her records a step further producing this book.

Finished! It’s not quite “round” 24in x 27in (61cm x 70 cm).

This work is a 3D wall hanging hooked in the Waldoborough technique, inspired by a photo of a ship on which a relative has made many voyages.

Here are a few of the many working images. As Judie said  “who would have thought this dog’s breakfast would resemble anything”.

The proverbial “dog’s breakfast” view


Are you suffering from artistic block or self-doubt ? …… this reading by Benedict Cumberbatch will entertain as well as prompt you to just   “Do“!

(Warning: some may find  the language confronting)


Renate Hiller, co-director of the Fiber Craft Studio at the Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, New York is featured in A World Through the Hands (Video) by Trent T. Gillis.   Hiller speaks of spinning, knitting and crochet but rug hooking also fits into this mindset.

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