The Art Car
(This isn't something that I made or even something that I do, so I hope it's ok to post this!)
Recently, I had the pleasure of accidently being in downtown San Jose the same day as the Art Car Festival. Decorated cars were parked around the park and in front of the art museum. I spent the afternoon wandering around looking cars decorated with paint, glass, tile, plastic figures, and anything else that could be glued on. This got me thinking about art and utility.
Cars usually aren't all that pretty. They're utilitarian. They get us to point A to point B in town. Sometimes we take a road trip in them. Mostly they're left out to the elements until we need them. It's not often that I think of a car in terms of creativity and artistry, but the people who participate in the Art Car Festival see their car as a canvas and express themselves accordingly.
We do the same thing with paper, which can be just as utilitarian: we paint it, glue it, color it, emboss it, stamp it, and so on, all to express ourselves and make a work of art. I thought this might be a good point to ask a few questions about looking at the world with more artistic eyes:
Can utilitarian be beautiful?
Is there anything utilitarian in your house that you can look at differently?
What is useful and beautiful?
back on the (art) horse
Here are a few postcards I made:
silk paper, Japanese paper, and machine stitiching
This one is called "It Takes Two"
made with a whole bunch o' hand- and machine-made papers.
Artistic Goal for October
I've decided to participate in "The Sharpie Scouts Present: Art By The Card Challenge 2006" at the 30 cards in a single month level. An ATC a day is something that (I hope and I pray) I can handle.
Digression: The Sharpie Scouts is a havoc-wreaking group run by our very own Diabla. A love of Sharpies is a must. A sense of humour and a serious subversive streak help. You're also supposed to like chocolate but I personally prefer the idea of "death by lemon curd" so...
By joining something with rules and deadlines, I'm hoping that I'll be more creative in October. There's an inverse relationship to life feeling like a chore and the amount of for-fun stuff that I produce. In other words, the more ATCs coming out of my studio, the happier I am. Increased happiness will set off a chain reaction that can be described thusly: The happier I am, the easier it is for me to work on my dissertation. The easier it is for me to work on my dissertation, the more I will work on it. The more I work on it, the sooner it will be done. The sooner it's done, the sooner the sun will come out and birds will sing and rainbows will spring up on every horizon.
Creating thirty ATCs in a month is, at least for me, a daunting prospect. So, my baby steps:
Cut 40 ATC blanks out of watercolour paper and bristol board
Start sketching ideas
Sign up for some swaps for a little kick in the pants
Warm up by doing some art every day for at least 30 minutes.
Go to bed every day at a reasonable hour
Lay off the internet
Work on diss
Make an ATC a day
I'll let you know how it goes.
P.S. That white thing up and to the right is a recent deco page I did that took far too long. It's what inspired me to sign up for the Art by the Card challenge.
make a collage on your scanner. scan it in and post it! alter it in photoshop if you would like... or scan some objects and photoshop them together! here's my first digital collage, collage 001. i would be interested to hear thoughts/feedback/responses to it, specifically if you feel there is a narrative! this is my first assignment for graduate level digital craft. when i get my hands on CS2, beware! right now i am stuck using PS7.
Friday Five Round-Up: Early Edition
Wake up oh Artsy Ones!
Friday Five Round-Up: Partially Freaky
Before - wound on tags, in little baggies, on cardboard - huge mess!
After - nicely wound on little embroidery floss bobbins. There are about 135 of those suckers. It's taken me two days to wind these but worth the effort for sure!
I am a bit under the weather and feeling sorry for myself, so I am doing a little blog cheat here because I am slightly high on antihistamines and what not. I am lame. I apologize. But go look anyway.