I have spoken before of family goals and directions. Mostly we are a household of dreamers. We find lately, merely dreaming is rather unsatisfactory; we long to do.
We are drawn to old things; old skills. When my husband writes, he does so with pen and paper…long hand. Filling smooth pages of black books. When I am most inspired it is most often by useful objects made by human hands using skills we have used for generations.
I am drawn to the loom for the skill I will need to make things in ways they have been made for centuries. Not for a nostalgia of wanting to go back, but because being makers, and making the things humans need to live, is important to who we are.
As a family, we are advancing our skills to grow things. Grow food. Our food, in the old ways, when a farm had to produce everything a family needed or at least the extra to trade for what they couldn’t buy or make themselves. We are drawn to these skills. This work.
For Christmas this year I received the DVD set for one of my favorite programs. Craft in America, is a wonderful PBS special highlighting the importance of Artisans and Craft in the United States. This is one of the most inspiring programs I have ever watched. I find it amazing how different people have mastered skills and then made them their own; found their own voice and message in their creations. It also reaffirms for me that it is possible to have your passion for creating beautiful things be what you do to win your bread. That is not to ignore that it is extremely difficult to do so, but just to say it is being done.
I find lately that as I am working on learning design software and other projects, even this blog, I find myself jealous of the time. It usually goes something like this. . .”If I wasn’t doing this lesson I could be weaving. . . dreaming up a new indigo dye project. . . etc.” My real and pull is to the textiles. Though I must admit, the skills I learn will come in handy for me and others. Who doesn’t need to know how to communicate better; to be able to create the picture you see in your mind. Certainly, I do!
So lately I view my graphic/web design education in light of the skills I would need to promote my Art, communicate vision and educate others.
I also know my future and voice lies somewhere in a mix of the things I love weaving, color, indigo and typography.
Happy New Year!