It seems that almost anyone can be an artist. Because as it is said, art is in the eye of the beholder. Not really who said that, but I am pretty certain it was some guy who was trying to sell something thrown together with staples, tape, and random stuff in the junk drawer. How many times have you strolled through a museum or even peered in the windows of an art shop and thought.. ” my kid could have drawn that.. ” or even considered doing it yourself and calling it art?
Crafting however has been taking the world by storm and popping up everywhere. No longer are crafters frilly grandmothers who sip their tea and cover their toilet paper in knitted sweaters. Now crafting is cool and stepped away from the elderly to take on bold colors and daring ideas. Crafters aren’t confined to peddling their goods at flea markets and church sales. Now they have sites like Artfire and Etsy to show off their skills. Now those nifty knitters can take to the web and dress the world warmly with Llama wool scarves and gothic gloves from the comforts of their homes.
But have we created an over abundance of artists in our crafty corners? Page after page of “upcycled,” “unique”, ” OOAK” items are ready for the world to snatch up as they please. Yeah! Or have we lost the rarity of the artist? If anyone can now glue a bean on a rock and sell it as art, then what makes it so special? Perhaps it is this… perhaps what sets those who get out there and create their own style of beauty apart from those who could, but don’t… is desire. As one of those people who sit in a room filled to the top with boxes of ribbons, jars of buttons, stacks of fabric, and rows of thread just waiting for my next middle of the night idea, I have to say I enjoy the rush of delight when someone compliments my latest offering. I actually find myself grinning like a mad fool when someone takes a risk to buy something I’ve made, even though I sometimes have to wonder.. why didn’t they just make it themselves?
What sparks your creative process? Is it the sound of rain falling outside your window? Perhaps it is a cup of tea and no sound at all. Well people are out there trying to determine what can spark the brain to actually be more creative. By opening up the mind to further creative thought, we are able to grasp more complex ideas as well as for the artist mind, we are able to produce works that have never been thought of before.
Hearing specialist and sax player Charles J. Limb says “that studying the brain during flights of improvisation may provide new understanding of creativity—as well as insight into the musical genius of John Coltrane.” Georgia Tech’s Parag Chordia believes music is a universal part of human culture, and his research shows music education can inspire greater interest in math, physics, and computer science.
Music is always playing when I am in my sewing room and looking for inspiration. It calms me allows me to think in a more free-flowing way. And my music choices also depend on what I am trying to make. For instance, when I am creating my daughter’s yearly Halloween costume, I always love Bowie. However when I need to settle into my sewing room and produce items for my shops, I need to be relaxed and enjoy my surroundings. Adele is softly playing in the background, candles are filling the room with the sweet smells of my wild thoughts, and the steady beat of my sewing machine fills my mind with possibility. Now that Christmas is right around the corner, I am happy to listen to all of the new covers of classic Christmas tunes.
Hanukkah starts pretty early this year, so the crafting window is quickly closing. I’m not Jewish, but many people who are important to me are, so while there’s still a little time left I’d like to visit what I know would be one of my favorite aspects of the holiday: the menorah.
This Candle Stand from Lowe’s looks like it would be pretty easy to make, providing you have the right tools laying around.
We used to do a weekly feature called Friday’s baby. Each week I would look through photos on the internet and submitted by photographers to find the cutest baby of the week. And I did find some reaaaaalllly cute babies!
Now I want to see who is actually paying attention out there.
Readers, do YOU have the cutest baby?
Here’s how to participate:
If you think you have this week’s Friday’s baby of the week, take a fun photo of your baby and upload it to us on our Facebook page. We will share your photos here.