Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tangential Thinking

Sometimes I get surfing and it takes me in new and interesting directions. Sometimes I make decisions based on these impromptu wanderings. Weeks or months later and can't fathom what took me there. One of those decisions took me to membership in SAQA. I'm pretty sure I joined up because I wanted my blog to be part of the SAQA webring. Why? Can't remember!

So far this membership is a mixed blessing. I'm loving the Journal - but then I'm a Textile Art Journal/magazine junkie. I love the information and encouragement. The scary part is self-identifying as an artist or Artist. I had just come to terms with calling myself an artisan. I even write that on forms under occupation sometimes, instead of SAHM which I find charming and yet somehow derogatory.

Artist has scary connotations of talent and vision that I'm not usually ready to embrace. What is the difference between a quilter and an Art quilter? What is the difference between an Art quilter and an Artist?

All these questions will be moot if I spend too much time surfing and blogging instead of working in my studio!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Embrace your inner artist, cupcake!

My feeling is whether you piece tris and recs or paint portraits and feeling, mood, or statements with fabric, you are an artist.

Experience tells me that the traditional and non-traditional patchworker alike digs deep into their soul to find inspiration and their voice to create their textile art.

As for me? I don't care what you call me -- just don't call me late for dinner! xoxom