Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I have been reading Connie Rose’s post on this art-every-day-month concept. You can read it here. The concept of creating a piece of art work each day has left me at once curious and perhaps a bit troubled. I know of a tapestry artist who has done this. She put on a long narrow warp and wove a very small picture each day. But I am not a tapestry artist.
Also I am wondering about the value of doing such a thing. One value is simply to create a habit of working. I think that is very important. But for those of us who are in the habit of working daily, why should we try to create a little work of art daily? Does this really help to build up our skills in any significant way? And even if it is of value, how can it apply to ordinary weavers?
Is there some way we weavers could reinterpret this to enhance our regular practice of weaving?
I have also been reading a post from Fashion Incubator about creativity and technique. It is called “What is Good Taste, Good Design, and How to be Creative.” The piece is written by a fashion designer. I think it is a marvelous piece and encourage you strongly to go here to read it. The heart of the post can be found in these two sentences:
If someone is creative, it is because they are skilled. Becoming skilled was a lot of hard work, study and dedication and it is annoying when people confuse skill with creativity.
So, in the light of this statement, let me ask the question again. Is there some way we weavers could reinterpret the art-every-day month to enhance our regular practice of weaving?
One way is to weave a sample a day. If I had a second loom, I could warp it for a structure I was interested in exploring and weave one sample a day on it. Then on my other loom I could continue weaving on regular projects. Anything to justify getting a second loom…………
Since I do not have two looms, what I can do is to make sure when I put a warp on that I include extra for sampling, not only at the beginning for the particular project, but at the end where I might use the last of the warp for trying out ideas.
In a sense, those little art pieces I wove could fall under the art-every-day-month phenomenon. Go here to see one of them. It did, however, take me more than one day to weave them. It is true that I could have woven each of them in a day. But sometimes letting a day go by while I am still weaving results in a new idea that is valuable or results in the solution to a problem I have been working with. Still, I think the principle applies here as well.
So now I am curious what other weavers might think? How could we rethink the concept of art-every-day month?