Conquered people tend to be witty.

— Saul Bellow

Things #19 and #20: Bracelets and Revelation

Things #19 and #20 are bracelets made from very old linen, beads from a vintage necklace, and memory wire. This time, I’ve decided to share the love via a tutorial.  I stuck the tutorial on the Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose portion of Fates’ Guild as I reused old items that didn’t seem long for this world.

Things #19 and #20

Things #19 and #20

As for the revelation…

Damn-it, I’m a crafts-girl and that’s all there is to it.  I started this blog in the hopes of breaking creative block of the artistic — not artisan or crafts-girl — nature.  I wanted to make more art and less craft.  Well, the creative block part is pretty much gone, my head is full of so many ideas that I have a hard time working on my *real* work (like, now, for instance).  Alas, the ideas are more “craft” than art — or are they?  Who am I, really, to weigh in on such a lofty debate anyway?  I can barely wrap my brain around walking from point A to point B, I’m certainly not prepared to argue a philosophical issue.

The fact is, I like creating all kinds of stuff — and I know some craftspeople who have more “artist” in their little fingers than some so-called “fine” or “high” artists.  I’ve seen lamps that are more “art” than some of the paintings and sculptures I see in galleries these days. So, I am proudly sticking the finger to those who might poo-poo crafts.  That’s right, to those who say I can’t be an artist because I crocheted a carrot, I say F*** you (with love, of course)!

XOXO

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  • Sue Surdam
    August 18, 2011

    The fabric and the beads are really fabulous together.

    I believe craft moves into art when you go beyond an idea another has presented and make it your own. Or you take the techniques you have learn and apply them to your vision.

    So love your art!

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