As artists we make. Some fill up sketchbooks, while others build sculptures. I like a little bit of everything. When I was in college, I spent Freshman-sophomore year as a photo major. I filled up portfolios and folders, but did not take up much physical space. Once I switched over to fibers however, I filled up my entire room and living space with fabric and 3-D objects. Now that I am fresh out of college and living with my boyfriend in a one bedroom apartment, the whole art game is different. I have completely run out of space, I want to have a home and not a home studio, and I have lost a sense of purpose for my work.
It is hard to complain because we live in Texas, and rent is reasonable for the amount of space we have. I know it could be so much worse but I am itching for a studio! Currently my space is a wall and a bit of the living room. It gets frustrating because it just so happens to be where we sit down to eat. Making weavings, paintings, garments, and jewelry takes up a lot of space. I started hanging my work all over the walls and now currently on top of one another. Lucky for me, Young chan keeps his ink drawings under his desk and takes up little to no space at all. Unlike my loom, my pounds and pounds of fabrics, and thousands of yards of yarn scattered throughout our home!
I have started asking myself what the purpose for all this making is. In school we make to fulfill assignments and when we make extra, it is often to learn or try to master skills we are learning. Now that I am out of school, I sometimes wonder why I am making. It is not something that I have ever asked myself before. To be honest it is frightening. Lucky for me most of my friends are artists too. After a conversation with my best friend and old roommate who still lives back in Baltimore, I felt better about these questions. We talked a lot about this topic, and have decided to do an art trade!
A project for a purpose is exactly what I need. I also think it is good for friends to do trades. Sometimes we don't have the money to pay for things, and other times we have a hard time asking friends to pay us for our skills. What is even harder than asking for money from friends is accepting money from friends. A trade is perfect! Not only am I making something for a reason, but I am receiving something in return with just as much thought and time as I am giving. I am also making something based off someone else's vision and inspiration and not my own.
Sam gave me a week to complete a mood board for the types of things I am looking for in a painting. She made one for me as well. Here are some things I put on mine...
All of the images posted are on my pintrest and the artist is listed to the best of my knowledge. Sometimes pintrest can be frustrating because the sources do not lead to the artist or their website. These are labeled as good as I could.
Stay Tuned. I will post my favorite images from Sam's mood board as well as updates on this awesome art trade project!