We had a book themed shower at our house over the weekend. Can you guess the book?
Thursday, April 09, 2015
I've been taking a beginner woodworking class. It's also a stepping stone to being able to use the shop in the future for personal projects. That's an important detail for me. I expected to have to make a fairly easy project that everyone else would make too. If I was lucky maybe there would be two or three projects to choose from. I was surprised when, after getting the "everything is scary, you could loose a hand" talk we were told to design and build a lamp of our choosing. I went home and ranted about how that wasn't a good way to teach woodworking to beginners, but I also dug out the sketch book and made a plan. My objectives were to use as many of the power tools in the shop and to keep my design simple enough that I could get it done in the time allotted. After one class our instructor asked three questions: Did you try something new? Did you learn something? Did you have fun? I answered yes to all those questions. He said that's all that matters.
I began to truly appreciate that he prodded us to use our creativity and not simply do a cookie cutter project. I have to admit that "just do it" attitude is a bit out of my comfort zone. I needed the push. I think I did ok this time and if the final products of my classmates are any indication, I think the whole class was a success.
It's a marbleous lamp.
Someonelse said it looked like it belonged in a cabin. I agreed. Can I have the cabin now?
Monday, March 23, 2015
If you think, from the title, that this post is going to be about husbands and wives, you may want to look somewhere else. I have some opinions about that but this blog is not the place for that. This post is more about art and a change of perspective.
Years ago I met regularly with an artist friend. We would spend wonderful evenings together creating art in her studio, drinking tea and having great conversations. When I said it would be cool to be an artist, she replied that I already was one. I never quite bought into that line; I never felt I was good enough. That 'not good enough' point of view has been with me for a long time. For Christmas I was gifted a woodworking class. When that came up recently in a conversation, I was asked if I wanted to become a woodworker. My first thought was "Yes, I do." but this was one of those rare times when my brain caught that thought before it escaped from my mouth. There was a moment of silence before I answered, "No, I already am one. I just want to get better."
At that moment I realized that my attitude had changed. I saw that it had been changing for a while and apparently it had reached a tipping point. I started to think about other things I like to do. I lean pretty heavy towards the fibre arts. I hesitate to call my a fibre artist, because that brings up the discussion of art versus craft, but I am fine with claiming the role of fibre-crafter. I think it will evolve towards art in time. Then there is photography, the real motivater of this post.
I've been taking pictures for many years, for the last couple years I have been a member of a photo club. I admit that while photo club is often very inspiring, it can be quite intimidating to me. It's that 'not good enough' thing again. However when I thought about it with this changing perspective of mine I realized that I am a photographer. I'm not the best photographer, I'm not the most active photographer, shoot… I may even be an amateur amateur-photographer, but I am a photographer and some of my shots are good enough. This spring our club has been given the privilege of having a very public showing of our photos. This morning I submitted four photos to be evaluated for the show. That's not a big deal for some people, but for me it feels big. I'm not sure how I'll feel if they're exhibited, but I feel pretty good right now. Wish me luck!
Friday, November 28, 2014
I was looking through old blog posts, looking for something in particular. I didn't find it. I got sidetracked by a post I did in 2008 called "Self Portrait Mosaic". I was curious what it would look like if I did it now since Flickr pictures change and so do I. So here's the updated version of my Self Portrait Mosaic. I fudged a bit on question 12 since I no longer have a Flickr account.