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Sep 29

The Voice of an Artist

dsc02405“An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.” Canadian artist Julia Trops

If you are a recluse and hide in your art studio creating all kinds of stuff but no one ever sees your work . . . . are you an artist? If you are a flamboyant, dramatic, extrovert who spends a lifetime making people laugh, or cry, or think deeply about life . . . are you an artist? Or perhaps you are somewhere in between these two extremes, and you have  a heart and brain filled with creative inspiration that you express in any number of mediums, and share your work with the world when God opens the door for you to do so.

“What is art?” is an age-old question, pondered by philosophers long before the modern / post-modern world of western culture created tidy little boxes for describing “art.” So we are left with one of two options – we either fit into the definition of art offered by our favorite source of accurate information, Wikipedia: “The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse is a practitioner in the visual arts only.”

OR . . .

We can step outside that narrow box and ask ourselves what it means to YOU or to ME to be an artist. And that will of necessity generate a wide variety of descriptions. Because “art” is such a personal expression of inner vision, the “voice” of your soul, perhaps, it is important to recognize the different ways that each individual human being can engage in “making art.”

dsc02408“Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does. Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.” Canadian artist Julia Trops

As I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time, and wondering if my work is actually worthy of being considered “art,” it was a great encouragement to receive an invitation from the Textile Art Alliance which is an affiliate of the Cleveland Museum of Art to participate in their upcoming Wearable Art Boutique and Fashion Show coming up in October.

I’ve always known that my designs and creations are “different,” and usually rather quirky . . . . and since I’ve never been a “fashion diva,” it never occurred to me (until recently) that my refashioned garments might be considered worthy of notice. I’m looking forward to connecting with other “fiber artists” and discovering a bigger world of clothing design, and hopefully finding my own “niche” in a world that is tricky, at best, to define and quantify.

dsc02411So I’ve been working on some new designs, encouraged by this opportunity to share my vision, my creative voice, with others who might, just might, be interested in some of the “stuff” that I make. We’ll see . . . . in the meantime here are a few images of just one of my current projects. I’ll let you know how it goes, and I’ll post pictures as we go along on this artistic journey.

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  1. Kathryn Ross

    Congrats, Nina, on your arts alliance invite! It is always so encouraging to be affirmed in our passion. And our calling. We artists are an insecure bunch. But, we are compelled to do what we do–and the world is better for it when we do so in the power of our Lord and for His purposes. Being a reflection of Him in what we create–goodness and beauty–to minister joy and deepen our thoughts towards higher things.
    Joy!
    Kathy

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