Today’s post will be short and sweet. (Yah, right! you are all saying!) I really am caught up in a lot of ‘busy work’ stuff today and hopefully can accomplish everything I want to.
I finished polishing up my articles yesterday and I emailed them to my editor ahead of the box of three items he accepted so I can hear sooner rather than later if he wants to use them or not. I guess I will never get over the apprehension of submitting things. I don’t look at it in as critical a way as I used to (thank goodness for that) but when something is ‘passed on’ I must admit that it still hurts.
I think people think it is a given that anything I do is accepted at this point. Not so, I say, not so. I can name five to ten projects that were given the ‘thumbs down’ in the past year or so and I would be lying if I said it didn’t sting. But I guess they know what they are talking about. I have found that I don’t always have my finger on the pulse of society. As a matter of fact, more so than not, I am merrily marching to my own drummer somewhere off it the distance.
While thinking about the previous statement, at that very moment it dawned on me just what we designers are up against. Is it really possible to be “original” AND “trendy” at the same time? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Maybe you can help me out with that Lis?
Long ago in my life I figured out that I thought differently. Not quite the ‘Grizzman in a red dress’ way of thinking, but I would have to go on what my friend Phyllis and I called ‘quests’ to find what we were looking for. Either the illusive item was SO popular that it was sold out, or it was so unpopular that they didn’t have them anymore. I never did really figure out which one. On the days that I am kind to myself, I tend to think that whatever I wanted was in such demand, they were just out of it. (In reality, it was probably the other way around!) But somehow over the years, instead of conforming, I got used to it. Being ‘individualistic’ is kind of a way of life for me.
I saw the movie “Alice in Wonderland” over the weekend. I had read mixed reviews, but somehow I knew I would love it. I looked at it through the eyes of someone who’s life has revolved around art and creativity and I felt it was a masterpiece. In the reviews I read, the critics spouted “It wasn’t this” . . . or “It didn’t have that” . . . and it was odd but in the middle of watching the movie those reviews came to mind and all I could think of is “What do those people WANT?!” To me, it was an amazing fantasy that was beautiful to watch and experience. It didn’t have to make sense! Just the logistics of the combination of animation with the real life actors in itself was fascinating to me. Let alone that it is a fantasy to begin with. Was someone looking for some logical sense or profound statement in it? Can’t we just go to a movie for the sake of . . . well, fun? (My drummer thinks we can!)
Speaking of fun . . . who isn’t really excited about the upcoming contest? I got my notice, as I am sure everyone did regarding it and I just can’t wait to see the entries. I hope a lot of people enter, because with the talent pool here, I am sure it will be incredible to see what creative juices are lurking in these many talented minds. It will be incredible, I am sure!
I don’t know what of even if I will be making something for it. I have been thinking about it from time to time, and I know there is an idea there somewhere, but it is right now behind a dense fog and I can’t put my finger on what I want to do. I think if I think too hard, I will lose it. It is going to be mighty hard to come up with something that is on the same caliber of some of the others around here. It isn’t about winning though, I don’t think (OK – stop throwing those tomatoes at me!) I think it is about seeing everyone’s creativity and sharing it. It will be like an online art show that we all have first row tickets to!!! I can’t wait! I love this site and the people I have met so far!
Well, so much for the short post! (Come on! You knew I couldn’t do it anyway! Give a girl credit for trying!) I had better get to it. I have the sad task of labeling and pricing my many prototypes to go to the little shop down the shore. I started last night and got overwhelmed. I don’t want to give the segmentation and scrolled stuff that took lots of work away. No one will pay what I feel it is really worth. If I am going to give it away, I want to give it to people I know. My partner kept saying “you’re keeping that too?” when I balked at selling some things. I had to laugh to myself though because when we got to HIS box and HIS segmentation stuff and the scrolled stuff that took a while, he would say “Maybe I will keep this”. Hummm . . . Isn’t there a saying that goes something like “Walk with me so you understand me” ?
If there isn’t, let me claim it as my own because there should be!
With that I will sign off for today.
“May you make an incredible amount of dust today but not have it stick to you in the heat!”
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"