slightly wonky


Textile forms at the Decordova
October 27, 2010, 8:34 pm
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Hello all!  I’m just including some photos of my creations from my class, Textile Forms, at the Decordova.  The teacher was Laura Sapelly.  SUCH AN AMAZING CLASS!  My classmates were an INCREDIBLE group of women…I hope that I can keep in touch with them somehow…they were all so inspiring. 

I was the only one in the class that wasn’t an official “artist”.  Everyone was so kind and supportive.  SO different than architecture school…a place where they want to break you in, break you down, break your work.  You can’t get too attached to your work in architecture school.  Critics see no problem in scribbling on your drawings, ripping pieces off of models, and tearing your design to shreds, if they so desire.  I kind of got used to that hyper-critical world.  I found that in my first job, I sort of came on a bit too strong with my opinions.  This is a result of being under attack for the past 7 years in school, and needing to constantly stand my ground.  I know…it isn’t fair to compare architecture grad/undergrad to an art class.  I’m sure that fine arts programs can be just as grueling.  I just mean that it was SO wonderful to be in a supportive environment where experimentation was the goal…not perfection.  It was amazing to just to let go and see where the material took me.  No, I’m not necessarily thrilled with my work.  However, I did learn a tremendous amount, just from the few classes that we had. 

I’m kind of in recovery mode, from so many years as an architect.  Every day was a battle of sorts…a struggle to make it all happen, make it all work, and make it all wonderful.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it.  Don’t get me wrong…I still love architecture.  I just have to take a break from it for awhile…breathe a little…relax…make something messy and spontaneous…and try not to immediately criticize/hate everything that I do.

Hmmm…time for some tea and something sugary!  I have such a sweet tooth…

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I love what you’re posting, especially the way you’re taking your readers on a photo diary of your exploration an evolution as an artist. I would love it if you could share more specific details with us about things you’re learning from your experiments. What are the projects pictured, how long was the course? what were the credentials of the teacher? what did you discover about your own art/self through this process?

Comment by growingmuses

Thanks so much, Kai! I’ve added some more information when you select some of the photos. I hope this helps!

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