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Sunday, January 08, 2006

And on the Seventh Day...

she made no art. Quiet day, it was. Except, well, I might have drawn a bit. Eaten a bit. Patted the odd cat.

I have a confession to make. I started making textile art because I couldn't paint. I know, it's not something that textile artists ever admit to, but hey... Four years ago, or so, I discovered that actually, not only could I paint, I could draw, too. In fact, at one point, I had a textile holiday, and bored all my textile friends by saying that I might never use textiles as a medium again. But here I am, back again.

I discovered, eventually, that, just as there is no difference between painting on canvas and painting on cotton/cloth, there is no difference between working in paint, and working in textile. It's all process (I know, I said it before, but it's important). It's all in what you believe. And so, I continue to make art with textiles, as well as with any damn thing I choose. Come in and join me, the water's fine!

6 comments:

Felicity said...

I'm still working on getting to that point - not giving a damn. I really really want to feel that way about quilts (think I'm close with the drawing because it was never influenced by the outside world in the first place) I had a hell with it moment recently re 'that' art quilters group and actually did some beading today - fear of doing it 'wrong' prevented me before. Any insights on how to completely throw off that fear, I'd love to hear!!

marion said...

I'll write about 'wrong' tomorrow, maybe. Meantime, what works for me is just doing whatever it is. And asking myself, what's the worst thing that could possibly happen? Usually it's that I'll wreck the piece. Well, gee. It's what, cloth and paint? Puts it into perspective a bit, doesn't it...

teri springer said...

Hmmm....I can neither paint nor draw *realistically*....still, it's fun.

BTW, welcome to the Ring!!

teri

marion said...

Who said anything had to be realistic? If I wanted realistic, I'd take a photo.

And thanks for the welcome, Teri. I'm delighted and honoured to be in such good company.

Elle said...

I'm with you!!! Art's art! Does the medium really matter? Heck no!

Terri said...

I'm one of those odd beasts who gave up textiles completely for paints, paper, pens, pencils etc etc. I always knew that I couldn't do both at once as I like to devote myself completely to one form of art, though I envy those who can skim from all sorts of mediums and find that the melting pot of choice just enhances their creativity. I also don't think there's any 'wrong' way of doing things - all artistic efforts are part of the journey and it's the journey that counts in the long run. Well in MHO anyway. :o) But what would I know...I'll go back to my books now. :o))