Challeng(ing) Perceptions & Perspectives

 

HOW TO WRITE AN ARTISTS’ STATEMENTS & MORE

I needed to write an Artist Statement ……….. went online for help and discovered this Company  –   https://www.gyst-ink.com/

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.

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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

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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)

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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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