although this blog is mainly focused on my practice of shibori, the other intent here is to communicate the the process of creative practice. when i first started tripping around the internet, i was reading a much wider variety of blogs- mostly creative craft/artist/maker blogs. these days i have pared my reading down to a smaller number of these blogs, realizing that part of what i am looking for in a good blog read is an understanding of the artist/bloggers process and the ability to follow it over a longer period of time.
i think about this when i go to a gallery or museum. i want to know how an artist arrived at a certain point in their work. seeing one or two pieces rarely satisfies-it’s out of context for me- i want to see what led up to it. how it was arrived at. where the twists and turns occurred. wonder where it will lead.
when it comes to my own work, each piece is a culmination of previous experiences with the materials and ideas. this sort of work happens over time. some of it in the in between times of more production oriented work. it’s a balance between the two. one informs the other when i get the balance just right.
sometimes i am the only one who sees the connections-that’s ok. but it is a large part of what interests me when i am looking at the work of others.
when someone says to me that my work “lacks focus”, i wonder what they are not seeing. perhaps it’s not the work itself but my ability to communicate that is lacking. or even (not that i’d mention it) their lack of willingness to take the time to look into the creative nucleus of the artist/maker to better understand the genesis.