I’ve been feeling a little unwell of late and, as such, decided to cancel my intern shift at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Wednesday. Rather than moping about I walked down to the local community library to find a good book to read. And, boy, did I find good books! One in particular that I happened to stumble upon was a step-by-step guide to creative (contemporary) embroidery. So I went and stocked up on hoops, sharps and crewels, and got to teaching myself this new craft.
As you can see I’m still just teaching myself the rudimentary stitches and getting a feel for things. But I’m excited as to what I might be able to achieve if I set my mind to it for long enough.
I’ve come to realise in the last few weeks that I am just not a fine artist. For a long time this confused me and I tried desperately to maintain a fine art rigeur. But I think I have come to accept and rejoice in the fact that I just work better as a craftsperson. For me, being a fine artist means making work for the outcome of someone else (ie. gallery audiences). Craft, on the other hand, is incredibly self absorbed. I want a dress that looks and falls in a particular way, so I get my tools out and I make it. For me. For my needs. For my own satisfaction. I love being able to indulge myself in my own little creative world where, if I’m happy with the outcome, then everything is good!
So, with knowing that, I’ve decided to push myself to refine more of these skills and get more creative and more active – not for galleries or exhibitions, but for me. Fortunately, there are so many people out there that have come to realise this for themselves and, in doing so, have created some of the most stunning websites I have seen.
On the other side of things, one of my most respected South Australian artists and art writers, Sera Waters, has formed her own path in recreating embroidery as fine art. Her work is just spectacular! See it here:
craft culture review: Sera Waters
Artroom 5: Sera Waters