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Apr 20, 2014
Beautifully intricate Romanian Easter eggs
The small village of Ciocanesti in Romania produces the most beautiful hand-painted Easter eggs I’ve ever seen. This video is a wonderful look at the process and tradition.
First, the (duck, goose, chicken, or even ostrich) egg is drained, through a tiny hole. Then, using a method akin to batik, it is dipped in dye and painted one color at a time, with the painter applying beeswax to those areas she wants to protect from the next round of dying. The painting implement, called a kishitze, is a stick with an iron tip. (Previously, egg-painters would have used thorns or pig bristles.)
And then the wax is melted and wiped off the egg, revealing the colors underneath. So cool. (via @colossal)
This is so wonderful. Must get to the motherland one day.
Nov 15, 2013
Back [in] the Middle Ages, when artists were craftsmen and belonged to guilds…[a]rt was a job, like glassblowing. With the Renaissance came creative liberation. The artist gained sanction to develop his own character and style. “The more artists disengaged themselves from craftsmen,” write the Wittkowers, “the more they were expected to display—did display—symptoms of behavior not associated with the rank and file citizen.”
Dec 31, 2012
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
— Ernest Hemingway
Nov 14, 2012
Growing up, you just want to compete, and then once you have the weaponry to compete, you want to be really good, and then when you’re really good, you want to be supernaturally good. For me, there’s been this steady metamorphosis from just surviving, to being a craftsman, and then, ultimately, the hope is to be an artist in what you do.
Jun 02, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
David Shrigley: The Art of the Doodle - Slide Show - NYTimes.com
In February, London’s Hayward Gallery will mount a major survey of his work. To stuﬀ the show with new art, he says, he had to trick himself into thinking he wasn’t actually making art at all.
In a spiral notebook, he jotted down 180 ideas for 180 pieces. Most consist of a few purposely cryptic words, intended as jumping- oﬀ points. No. 116 is ‘‘sea monster smiling’’; others are equally open-ended: ‘‘sword ﬁght,’’ ‘‘dog on its hind legs,’’ ‘‘William Shakespeare.’’ ‘‘I try not to think too hard about what I’m doing,’’ Shrigley says. ‘‘I’m just crossing things oﬀ a list and ﬁ lling a page, and the work gets made as a byproduct of that task.’’
…The overall eﬀect is like discovering the sketchbook of a boy who taught himself to draw while locked in a basement. ‘‘I’m not trying to draw badly,’’ says Shrigley, who graduated from the Glasgow School of Art. ‘‘I’m just trying to draw without any consideration of craft.’’
Filed under: David Shrigley
Jun 04, 2009
» David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors on songwriting
Quotes from a great NYTimes profile.
On work and ideas:
The thing that transforms something from being an idea to being a physical reality is work….You can have outlandish ideas, but if you don’t work at them, they just remain outlandish ideas. Anyone can have an idea. Work is transformative.
On the merits of being an amateur:
The one thing I’ve kept most with me from when I was obsessed with K Records in high school and college is to maintain the spirit of an amateur, someone who is doing it for a love rather than out of a sense of expertise. The idea that music is free, that it’s not the province of some technician, be it Milton Babbitt or Jimmy Page.
On play and cut-up style lyric writing:
many of the songs grew out of playful experiments. For the lyrics to “Stillness Is the Move” Mr. Longstreth had Ms. Coffman watch the Wim Wenders film “Wings of Desire” and write down lines of dialogue that intrigued her; other lyrics were drawn from an Excel spreadsheet of hundreds of pop clichés.
Mar 23, 2009
» SXSW: Day Three: Little Steven and rock’s “crisis in craft”
Great little speech on the three elements of craft to being in a band: performance, record-making, songwriting. I’m going to draw up parallels to art/lit. The major theme is: artists have forgotten that the primary goal of art is to entertain.
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