Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Collecting: Mine

I'm definitely a collector. So is my husband. We love art and love to collect it. We also love to collect "crafts." I put crafts in quotes because I'm not refering to the kitch stuff you can buy kits for at Hobby Lobby. I'm talking about the stuff that qualifies as art, but since it's not painting, sculpture, or some other form of "high" art, it gets classified as craft.

My husband just got back from a week in New Mexico and he brought back some real treasure. Our miniature pottery collection doubled. Our fetish colleciton tripled. Our Navajo rug collection was increased as well. My jewelry collection (yipee) doubled. He added several pieces to his jewelry inventory. Is it okay to call it jewelry when a man wears it? In addition, he added some antique pieces that we'll never wear, but love to look at. Yes…he definitely went overboard. But it's beautiful stuff. I can't make him take it back and I don't want to.

I just keep hoping that I'll have a neice or nephew who's interested in inheriting all of it some day. Maybe we'll just start a museum like the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. I'll have to think of a catchy name for it. I've got about 50 years or so to think of one.

Thinking Outside the Box

Creativity is about thinking outside the box, right? Well, what's more outside the box than this?

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulacity uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcusaeae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

So, satrt rarnegairng tihgns. Put tgihns in a dfeirfnet odrer or oinetirtoan. Canghe waht yuo're "spuoepsd" to do and see waht hnpaeps.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Alternate Forms

It gets really frustrating to not be able to make art. However, I've made the choice to go back to school and that meant putting away most of my art supplies.

I still do a few things just to keep my sanity. I found an old book press for $50 last fall that I used to print our Christmas cards. But that was more time consuming than I can typically afford. I make my own journals, but haven't had the time to really turn anything into a work of art like I've done before. I can't even begin to think about painting. Just getting everything ready to start takes a half hour and it's another half hour to clean up. In addition, once I begin and get in the groove, I really don't want to stop. I could give up sleeping, but I've tried that before. It just turns me into this super-bitch monster that I'd really rather keep deep inside in its cage where it belongs.

So I've had to come up with alternative forms of creativity, albeit low level, in order to keep from going crazy. Decorating my house (although, without a budget, it's hard to do much), needlework of all sorts, sewing projects of all types, writing in my journal, sketching ideas for the future in my sketchbook, etc. Nothing high level, just enough to get me by. As a result we've made a little progress in the home improvement department, we have several very nicely embroidered pillowcases, we have a new denim quilt for our bed (it took me 8 years), I've started to blog (never thought I'd do that ), and I've amassed a lot of great ideas in my sketchbook that I'll make someday. Hmmm... Someday never seems to arrive.