So I think this is a bit like talking out loud.
Not having had any formal art training I am now trying to embark on a method of working that is sustainable. It has taken more time than it should to acknowledge that my habit of diving in with a good idea and good intentions is not enough. Making takes time and it is so disappointing when it doesn't come off.
What it is I am seeking? A way to improve and move forward in my work.
I really enjoy experimenting with different mediums and different styles. Can I keep doing this? How much/Does it distract from actually improving? Should I stick to only one medium and one theme? Do I want too?
I want to understand what process in art practice is. My research tools are largely limited to the www which produces way too much information. I have had to whittle all that info down.
Wikki has a neat definition which helps - The term refers to the ways in which an artist goes about his/her work. Artistic practice goes beyond the physical activities of making artistic products and can include influences, ideas, materials as well as tools and skills.
Bu then I have discovered there is also something called process art which wikki defines as - an artistic movement as well as a creative sentiment where the end product of art and craft, the objet d'art (work of art/found object), is not the principal focus. ... Therefore, art is viewed as a creative journey or process, rather than as a deliverable or end product.
So with this in mind I have had a bit of a play with tyvek to see what I can do with it. Can I push it so it is something other then the norm? Do I need to? I want to build on my BEE happy project and was thinking of bee environments when I made some tyvek leaves:
|Painted tyvek cut into a leave shape and machine stitched to show the centre vein|
|Then melted with a craft heat gun|
|And arranged on a background with flowers|
|beads and tyvek made some cute earrings|
In the course of exploration on the www I came across a link to senior school arts resources which bears a close look . Its really a cheat sheet for students but I found it an interesting view of what should be taken into account when refelcting on process.