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Recently, I was interviewed for an online e-commerce site called e-junkies. They have lots of practical and interesting information about e-commerce, trendy products, small business and self publishing.
Yes, definitely read the interview and roam around the site.
We makers typically love "making" so much that it is easy to forget the most important tool is our brains. This is why the current knitting mania is driving me nuts ..... especially when justified with little excuses....the "pleasure" derived from the absence of thought and quips such as, "I can knit without thinking." blah, blah, blah.
This post was prompted by a recent quote in the ACC series, Why I Make(which explores the human impulse to create).
Elizabeth Howard wrote, "When I switch on my knitting hands, I can take time off from the thoughts in my head. Knitting - usually done haphazardly, without a clue what BOs and yos are - releases me from having to tune in (at that moment) to that always-chugging creative engine."
My jaw dropped. This may appeal to a hobby audience, but I couldn't believe that this rationale appeared in an ACC publication. ACC is supposed to represent professionalism in craft media.
I don't want to paint knitting as the "bad guy," but this overt joy of mental separation from the making that is sweeping the craft world is just one example. Other parallels are everywhere...IN ALL MEDIA whether working at the potter's wheel, weaving a basket, sanding wood, mixing a glaze, making handmade chain.
It is fine if you just want to make, but many makers also want to see their work in exhibitions, shows and books. And that is the key, this higher level of recognition requires constant, active, thoughtful
inspiration, not just aspiration.
If you enjoy siting there happy as a clam because you are making, that is OK. But without thought, the finished work will indeed have no vision....and I assure you....any editor, publisher, or exhibition jury will look at the work and see that it had no vision.
Check them out.
Do you have a thinking while making strategy ? Even the smallest ideas can help others. Would you share them with others in the comments?
My sincerest opinion,
Yellow Flower Scroll Doorpost Mezuzah
Dimensions: 7.25” length
Retail Price $220.