Connie Rose, on her Facebook, put a link to this post in Joanne Mattera's blog about whether a person is a (insert-media-or-method) artist, or just an artist. You'd think I would get worked up once again, but strangely, today, I wasn't. But the blog looks like an intelligent, worthwhile one!
I realized with all my issues and problems that I am just happy to be a person who makes things on the loom, and you can call me a weaver, an artist, or Larry, and it wouldn't make a different to what I do or how I approach my making. I just enjoy being someone who makes things.
Kinda liberating, isn't it, for a change?
This morning, for the first time in 18 months, I didn't want to go to figure/life drawing, and wanted to weave instead. But I did; I might just be starting to get a hang of looking at the subject long enough now, just, and I didn't want to miss the chance to practice again.
The double-width blanket is going well, very fast to weave and I'm constantly advancing the warp, but it gave me another idea and I'm making another warp to tie on to the current one; it's something my mom asked for a few years ago and I can't remember if I wove her anything on that occasion but it's a very textured early-spring-themed something or rather, with fine merino boucle both ways. And then, I want to do my wider, gold-and-blues/teals/greens Rococo swirly things again. Or something else.
Later, I happened upon a textile book I had never seen; it's "experimental textiles: A journey through design, interpretation and inspiration" by Kim Thittichai. I had seen her "hot textiles: Inspiration and techniques with heat tools" which intrigued but didn't interest me, but this one looks promising. I'm not sure if it's the book or where I'm at. So I got it as part of an early Christmas present from Ben. (But can I please gripe again that this book which from Amazon.com costs US$18.45 is a whopping NZ$60? Ouch!)
Have a read and let me know what you think about Joanne Mattera's blog post mentioned at the top.