Wednesday, December 5, 2012

More

Less may be more, but more is even more, yes? I think I've got enough now.  I shall sit on my envelopes tomorrow and post them on Friday.

Meanwhile, I've really been struggling with "edgy" pieces for Santa Fe and I think the latest cashmere warp has been An Expensive Mistake. My attempt at a more "graphic", less fussy look feel so... old. Pics when they come off the loom. Or not. I emailed the gallery to say there will be no more coming from me this year.

Pathetic. Embarrassed. Mad at myself. Looking forward to the next warp.

4 comments:

  1. hope your anger doesn't last long, meg. maybe it will be fuel?

    maybe this will relate to a group project in future - i always enjoy your challenges and look forward to the textile postcards.

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  2. I think it's a mistake to try to figure out what someone means when they throw an adjective such as "edgy" your way. Much better to make what you make and hope it meets the requirement. While I can sympathize with your desire to give them what they want (and thus become more 'marketable'), you are an extraordinary artist, Meg. I celebrate and salute you!

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  3. I didn't think about this before but I guess that edgy = risky = somethings fail. Edgy is not a sound basis for producing a range of goods for sale, great for one offs, good for research. Some of my best pots were from makers who were trying something new when it suceeded, but one I'm thinking of in particular was from the first kiln of work in a new style that the makier carried on with for at least a couple of years. The later ones were not edgy, they were secure and confident, lovely production work that sold for a good price, but not with the sense of capturing the moment.

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  4. Thank you, Weavers. One of the reasons I'm having problems with "edgy" is because my own taste in textile is so the opposite of whatever I perceive "edgy" to mean. Ergo the attempt at the bolder appearance, something opposite of what I normally do. I know we must never stop trying new things, but I'm also having a hard time gaging 1) when to go with gut instincts, 2) when to follow my own advice, (and the last, third piece on the warp is a case in point!) and 3) when to see if something counterintuitive would work, regardless of how unsavory the idea feels at first. I know there are great feelings of surprise and satisfaction to be gotten when 3) works; it's a lovely Whowoddathunkit epiphany. When it fails, though, it's the "How long do you have to do this to know??" kind of admonishment.

    C-Ri-Keeeeeeeee!!

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