Alice kettle is a textile artist. Thank you Monika for the introduction to her. I found this interview so inspiring. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14a2e1edd5953383?projector=1
I spend a lot of time thinking. Thinking what am I trying to say, what do I want to be doing, how do I want to do it? After our crit of Fracture, Form, Frame I came away confused and deflated, not to mention exhausted and overwhelmed. Angela commented on my small experimental pieces, referencing shape, form, colour, scale for human analogy, which I sort of get, but equally don’t just yet, hopefully that penny will drop later.
I am so conscious of a life not spent being creative, exploring ideas, immersing myself in projects. I feel I need another lifetime to get it right, to discover me. I am just travelling on, soaking up everything in my path and hoping that the authentic me emerges.
Sharon’s comment during the crit about papermaking struck a chord. It is something I have never done but the surface I work on as a watercolour painter is so important, I feel a need to investigate. I watched a YouTube on Paper Alice to understand the basics and Japanese Paper Making to understand why Japanese paper is so special.
having used it in a stitched piece a couple of years ago.
Monika’s link to Alice Kettle and Les Bicknell’s comment about doing what you enjoy have also reignited my interest in textiles. I think it is time to reflect on those two threads (sorry!). That said, someone, maybe Sharon or Mathew, said ‘Do something not in my skill set.’ Am I still too close to home? Is that a bad thing? In the world of work you are told to build on what you know, rather than walk away.
Jean Littlejohn’s Bayeaux Window
Angela de la Cruz
Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010, she was mentioned during the crit.
Adrian Searle writing in the Guardian in 2010. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2010/apr/05/angela-de-la-cruz
Mwamba mentioned this term from the Japanese (keeps popping up).
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be,” Lao-Tzu. http://wabisabi.org.uk/2.html
The Wiki definition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi :
Wabi-sabi (侘寂?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aestheticcentered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō?), the other two being suffering (苦 ku?) and emptiness or absence of self-nature(空 kū?).
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
Modern tea vessel made in the Wabi-Sabi style.
Leonard Koren writes about the expression and its history. https://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/articles/beauty-wabi-sabi?gclid=CL3R5NiBucICFUPLtAod018A3A
His article is part of the Global Oneness Project https://www.globalonenessproject.org/library?type=597
While on the site this short video about fear and love spoke to me.
Not sure who mentioned Rebecca Horn, a German installation artist http://www.skny.com/artists/rebecca-horn/
Horn’s sculpture L’Estel Ferit in Barcelona, Spain. Photographed by Rosalba Casalnuovo in 2010.
Watched Richard Hammond trying to weigh clouds. His thought process was interesting. The slow motion camera work on water drops was inspiring.
Interview Artists 2010. Jonathan is a self taught portrait painter. Who used his home’s proximity to Tate Britain, to study modern masters like Braque, Matisse, Picasso, Bomberg and Freud., eventually evolving his own style. ‘In a way portraits avoid making conceptual, philosophical or narrative statements.’
Portraiture is about trust, and following cancer, he found that sitters treated him differently, ‘as if he had gained more insight into mortality.’
He is famously know for his collages, using paper torn from porn magazines.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE
Fern Britton meets on BBC1.
Born in 1969 and a wheelchair user from a very young age, she has, spearheaded the inclusion of disabled people in everyday life. Her extraordinary determination not to be defined by her disability is an inspiration to us all.