I love what this phrase is telling us unfortunately for most of us that truth comes much later in life after we have worked to support a family put them through school and just do what it takes to raise a family. And, for most of us we never gave thought to the fact that we really did not love and enjoy what we were doing, we had a job that provided for those we love.
So with this new chapter in our life we are finally exploring and doing all the things that we truly love to do. In taking a class this week with Heather Thomas, of National Quilters Circle, I learned that reproducing what someone else has designed and using others patterns and so forth just makes you a crafter. So what most of us would strive to be is an artist. As I understood the class I realized that their is a significant difference between the 2. You need to be a crafter first so you can hone your skills and techniques but then using all your skill sets to create something that you need no pattern for and you just create is what makes you an artist. That is where we are going with what we do. Yes, we have hats & scarves, table runners etc. and patterns are patterns, but how you use them how you change stitch to stitch, color to color within a piece makes it a piece of art not just a copy of something that somebody else created. So learning your techniques mastering your skills in whatever genre you are working in will get you to the point where you can truly call yourself an artist and not just a crafter. I enjoy working with various art forms and I realized in taking this class that when she was talking about textures and combinations of embellishments in the work that she has created, that this is something that I do frequently. I do this with various things either painting on canvas, painting on fabric, painting on wood that I have cut to fit the project, crocheting or knitting a unique piece, or using my embroidery machines on blank fabric and create a picture and then quilting it for a table piece or a quilted throw. But my diversity is based in my background as a musician. As most of you know I am a very accomplished organist and pianist. Texture is what drives the passion in a musician as there is texture in the way the notes are put together harmonically, and then as the musician we interpret those textures to make whatever the piece is that we are playing are own. That what makes an audience or congregation react to the pieces that are played, it all about interpretation.
So my message for this post is to make a list of what you know, how well you do them and if you fall short on some things take the time to practice those. Practice makes perfect! And then start creating your own unique works of art.