Showing posts from January, 2014

Look, It's a Baby Necklace

Everything is a process. It's natural to ask an artist what their creative process is, and it's natural for the artist to have no idea how to answer that question. It's one of the things that makes people think art is somehow either magical and mysterious, or a big sham put on by mostly clueless people. Who knows, maybe it's both.
I adore making chain links. Maybe they just remind me that all things are connected, or maybe they give me something to focus on for a long enough time to convince myself I can still have an attention span when I need one. For whatever reason, the wire itself becomes the main event and I increasingly ask myself where this stuff, the metal itself, really came from, the depths of the earth, or even outer space. 
The thing I learned about this link is that

(1) it eats wire - each link takes a full 8 cm of wire and has a final length of about 1 cm. It doesn't sound logical, but then, art isn't logical.

(2) You can only weave them in one …

Happy Newness: A Year in Preview

We are conditioned, aren't we, to always think that newness is good - it is, after all, happy. We don't want to think that the year ahead will be fraught with difficulties we can't control, challenges we can't foresee, and even more cat hair in the couch. We do want to think that we can simply "think positive" and make all our problems disappear.

A thought circles back to me when I am face to face with genuine goal-setting, and it has become an old adage by now, I think: If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got. (My Grammar Geek forgives this error for the lovely rhythmic flow of the sound byte - still G.G. lives inside my head and won't quite let me get by with it.) I confess that I learned this adage in more or less a corporate pep rally for a company I worked for years ago. I have been conditioned from an early age to disregard most of what I learn in such settings as white noise. Still, there is a…