TITLE: New Year's Epiphany's
DATE: 12/29/2004 06:50:00 PM
I am a confessed (you heard it here) book addict. I walk into a library or book store and I wander from aisle to aisle, never bored for a moment.
My favorite book on my shelves? A tiny 75 page wonder: Anni Albers', Selected Writings on Design.
My God, how it's pages sing! While most passages were penned in the 1940's, I find it as relevant today as it likely was then, when she taught at Black Mountain College and bred life back into the design and craft movement in the United States.
Reading over (and over) two particular chapters tonight, I had a 'lightbulb moment'... Not a New Year's resolution, but more of a New Year's "Epiphany!"
Somewhere amidst Anni's definitions of "art" and "craft" (which in 1940 she felt were already merging more and more), it occurred to me that I have a problem. Why did I originally name this blog "Art of Craft"? Why not "Art or Craft"? So, in the new year there will be new changes:
First, a new title and look to reflect a clearer sense of direction.
Second, a new 'Monday Muse'... A changing weekly image of a work that could be considered "art" or "craft". You tell me. Is the line blurry? Does the piece clearly fall to one side or the other? What if I show you an image of a functional piece and you declare it "art"? So, send me images of your work or the work of other artists/craftspeople and let's get the ball rolling. Let's really challenge our own definitions. Shall we?
Finally, I will post 'Weekend Links' each week. Perhaps I will link to your site, or another blog of interest, or maybe even a gallery. I promise to mix it up a bit to keep things interesting. This saves my fingers from weekend typing and gives you a few fun links to browse around.
These ideas are based on the incredible amount of feedback I have received this week and last. I hope you'll stick with me through this building process. It should be fun!
DATE:12/29/2004 10:21:00 PM
Your "send me images" link http://firstname.lastname@example.org is not a valid link... (it looks like blogger combined your blog url and email address when you typed in the html tags for email. The reason I say that is because I typed it in correctly (to show you how to do it) and blogger added your site url to the mailto: sytax (which is incorrect) when I did a preview. I think it's just blogger being finicky... they might call it a feature. I’m not a Blogger user, but I’m sure it’s in their FAQ somewhere. So people are getting a 404 page not found message when they click that link,
DATE:12/30/2004 01:16:00 AM
Good luck with the new shape of things. I'm having my own epiphany, mostly about sitting down a lot and drinking tea. But I'm hoping 2005 will also include a lot of drawing too.
Best wishes from Wales
AUTHOR: Lisa McClow Berry
DATE:12/31/2004 06:39:00 AM
Thanks Alisha, for reminding me about Anni. As a tapestry weaver,I, too, have been a big fan for many years!
Your new directions for your blog sound great. You continue to inspire, inform, and entertain us. Thank you so much.
Happy New Year!
DATE:1/06/2005 12:11:00 PM
Alisha, Happy New Year, and Happy Epiphany! Can't wait to see what grows from your thoughts this year!
Gnome G http://www.xanga.com/gnomeg