Remember I said I liked that multi-colored wall at Urban Plates? Here is an example closer to what I enjoy - something that shows the effects of age and time. I found this image by searching for 'wabi sabi' images. Here's a definition (you can learn more by clicking on the words and reading the Wikipedia entry):
Things are always more beautiful for
bearing the marks of age or individuality.
I have been reflecting on my own personal sense of aesthetics recently ... and how that relates to my likes (and dislikes) in quilt making. I think one of the reasons I respond so positively to much of the modern quilt movement is the presence of asymmetry and creative negative space in "modern" quilts. There are things I do not like much in the movement, too, of course. I'm not wildly fond of most non-representational/abstract art and I struggle to find pleasure in what I think of as some 'chopped into pieces' improv works. Shrug.
The other thing I am grateful for with the 'modern' sewing set is the title 'Maker.' That word finally describes me, I think. For years now (20? 25?) I've thought of myself, comfortably, as an artist ... and as a creative ... but 'Maker' really comes to the point, in my humble opinion. :) I just have to make things ... and it makes me happy to do so.
According to some media, we are living in a period of Maker Revolution:
This is not a return to an old way of doing things as much as it is a post- industrial integration of craftsmanship from days past for the sake of making goods that counterbalance our highly technical, disposable world.
Does that sound like ArtSpeak to you? :) Really, Makers are not Luddites or Arts and Crafts back-to-the-past-ers. They (we?:) just want to savor hand craftsmanship and the process of creation in a time when those endeavors are not necessary to physical survival ... but truly are needed for emotional balance and sanity.
Anyway, it seems to me that I am happiest when I spend at least part of every day sewing or being creative. Keeps my brain alive and my sanity intact. LOL.
Today was an odd one for getting something creative done. Sigh. I got up at a reasonable time (about 10 a.m.) ... read and responded to emails, tidied my calendar, and other administrative tasks ... went downstairs to eat breakfast and say hello to my sweetheart (who had tried to wake me up earlier but failed; he went out and mailed off our taxes without my companionship:). I sat down to read for a few minutes while I digested lunch ... and fell asleep sitting in my chair. sigh. I did not wake up until 8 p.m.! Why do I need so much sleep???
I was annoyed when I woke up that I had wasted a perfectly good day so I sat down at my Nina and sewed for a while (maybe an hour?), making the other two flower basket blocks for my guild block of the month sample. Fortunately those are foundation pieced so they were 'brainless' sewing. :P
Here's what I made today:
When I put them beside the two I made previously:
I think they came out fine - two have both areas of trim on the basket, one has bottom trim and one has none. A good variety ... of color, too. Hopefully these little blocks will inspire participation. :)
Fingers crossed that I get more done tomorrow!!