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Posts tagged "craft"

Apr 20, 2014
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Beautifully intricate Romanian Easter eggs

jkottke:

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.

(Source: vimeo.com)

Nov 15, 2013
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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.”
— Tom Jokinen, “The Myth of the Tortured Artist,” quoting from Margot and Rudolf Wittkower’s Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists

Dec 31, 2012
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We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
— Ernest Hemingway

Nov 14, 2012
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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
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James Kochalka, “Craft is the Enemy,” from THE CUTE MANIFESTO

Fun fact: the dummy book I made for Steal Like An Artist was Kochalka’s Cute Manifesto (they’re the same format/size) with a homemade book cover:

James Kochalka, “Craft is the Enemy,” from THE CUTE MANIFESTO

Fun fact: the dummy book I made for Steal Like An Artist was Kochalka’s Cute Manifesto (they’re the same format/size) with a homemade book cover:

Fun fact: the original "dummy book" for Steal was James Kochalka's CUTE MANIFESTO with a book cover on it.

Jan 29, 2012
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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
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Mar 23, 2009
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