The Creative Thought

The Creative Thought

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The Artist in Me.....

ConversationPosted by Melinda Wed, June 01, 2016 11:09:11
Hi all,
So sorry it has been a while since I last posted a blog but really look forward to hearing your views again,
and will try and be more on track!
look forward to hearing from you

Delacroix famously said,

“Oh young artist, you want a subject; everything is a subject the subject is yourself”.

Having seen the recent exhibition, “Delacroix And The Rise of Modern Art”, has left me pondering what he may have meant by this.

As Delacroix implies, I do try to put a little and sometimes a lot of “me” into the textile work that I produce. I am currently working on a body of work for the next E.A.S.T exhibition “Follow a Thread”. At E.A.S.T we always leave time for ideas to evolve, sometimes leading us far from the starting point. My theme considers the different components and strands within families. This may appear a very personal subject but for me the interpretation is not just about the subject area. There is also a link to the materials and methods I use. I love to weave surfaces joining unusual materials together. Texture and form are as important as colour and design.

Wires and knitted yarns are moulded once again to explore my current ideas. I cannot seem to stop this! It is as if a genie is controlling my hands. Does it matter that I am continuing with techniques previously used? I hope not.

I am often asked this same question by others that feel they have become “stuck” or predictable. My answer is if your methods convey what YOU want to say, then that is justification enough. Do we criticise the author who always writes in a certain genre (poor Agatha Christie!) or fault the oil painter who does not explore water colour? I think not.
We accept that a creative style evolves – it comes from within.

How often do we as artists and or makers (another day to chew over that distinction!) do we wonder if our inner reserve of creative energy has run dry?

I know for many, me included, the worry is real!

So where do you find yourself on this subject?

Are you the person that knows what sparks your creative output?

And if like us all, if you find yourself in a dip, how do you refresh the spark? Swimming does it for me though I have recently added mindfulness meditation and yoga for freeing the thought channels that sometimes become blocked.

This is perhaps what Delacroix suggests. In some way, we are the subject.

Do you agree?

Share with us the bit of you that makes YOU your own subject – whatever the theme, whatever the medium.
i look forward to hearing from you,


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Posted by Melinda Wed, June 15, 2016 05:00:12

Thanks Janette, Great to hear from you. Yes I agree, the process is all in the journey. What a lovely thought that in continuing these hand traditions, you become part of the history. Look forward to hearing from you soon, Melinda

Posted by Janette Wed, June 01, 2016 17:01:34

An interesting subject Melinda. I think you are right, it is probably impossible to create without a bit of yourself being part of the work.

My starting point is usually something historical - usually telling the stories of ordinary women from times past. I try to imagine what it would have been like for me had I been in their shoes?

I think this is also the reason why I prefer hand stitching - partly because it reflects the type of stitching women would have been using in the time periods I am usually interested in, but also because the actual act of stitching means I am doing something exactly as they were. As I stitch, I like to imagine what they might have been thinking while they were doing their stitching. The act of sewing is the same - it is just the context that separates myself and the person I am researching.

I may be looking at history but invariably as a comparison to my own life - and therefore always with a personal element.