Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year. Welcome to Study 33.
One of the many interesting aspects of art is the fluidity and controversy of its definition. The term “arts and crafts” establishes one of the many situations where theory, skill, and philosophy intersect. That’s not what I want to discuss here–at least, not right now, but it introduces the idea for me of languages of art. My first language is that of two dimensional drawing, painting, calligraphy, printing, and design. On Sunday, I learned a new media in which to express some of those two dimensional concepts in a different language–fiber arts.
Cincinnati sister, Evelien, spied the ad for a class in felting at the Women’s Art Barn in Mariemont. New sister, Polly, and I joined her for a wonderful couple of hours learning to manipulate old zippers, boiled wool, and roving. The focus was making valentine pins, but detours into other ideas were allowed–and it will be no surprise to those who know me. I chose the road less traveled.
I have always loved hand sewing. And so, we sat in the same spirit as quilters of long ago–helping each other thread needles, admiring and offering suggestions, finding a bandage when the inevitable needle prick came to pass. I left with a shamrock inspired by the purple Irish shamrock plant from home. Met two new women who love art and learned a new “language.” A good afternoon.