Writing An Artist's StatementCommunity WeekWriting An Artist's Statement8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
An artist's statement is simply the artist's written description of their own work. It is a verbal representation of the work that the artist does and it is meant to help the viewer glean understanding of it. It aims to inform and connect the viewer with the art. Often gallery owners and teachers will ask for an artist's statement, and it's possible you'll even want to put one up on your website. In any case, you'll most likely need to write one.
Seems easy, right?
Not so much.
Writing an artist's statement can be quite tricky! It can be very difficult to put what you do and why down on paper without it sounding either convoluted or over simplified. In either case, the audience might have trouble understanding the statement.
Example: "The apotropaic quality of the conjoining lines are juxtaposed against the atramentous backdrop in a way such as to give definition to not only the achromatic benevolence of the lines themselves, but to the crepuscular middle ground, with
Vitreous EnamelArtisan Crafts WeekVitreous Enamel6 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Vitreous enamel is a material made by fusing powdered glass to another material (usually metal or ceramics - I'll be talking about metal) by firing. The powdered glass melts and flows into a smooth coating, which hardens as it cools. There are a lot of other materials out there that are calling themselves 'enamel' that are technically a resin or something else with very similar properties - traditionally, however, enamel is glass, and that's what I'll be talking about in this article!
Although this all sounds super cool and fancy (hopefully) you can actually find examples of products that have been enameled in an industrial setting all over the place! The older white boards at schools, for example, were often made of steel with a white enamel coating on them. In addition, cookware is often enameled - ever see those dark blue pots with the white speckles? Other commonly used items that have been enameled are bath tubs, dishwashers, and other appliances.
There are ple
Silver Soldering ToolsArtist's ToolboxSilver Soldering Tools1 month ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Silver soldering is one of many different types of soldering, and is a commonly used technique in jewelry-making. There are many different tools that can be used for silver soldering - I will go over the basic tools that I use in my soldering endeavors, but there are certainly a lot more than I will be able to cover in this article!
The first and most obvious "tool" in silver soldering is the solder itself. Silver solder is just that - it is silver alloys that are specifically created to melt at certain temperatures in order to be perfect for varying soldering jobs. The silver solder that I use comes in sheets & is cut into small chips in order to be used. There are different 'levels,' if you will, of solder - most commonly called Hard, Medium, Easy (and I sometimes use Extra Easy).
The difference between the 'levels' is the temperature at which they each melt. Hard solder melts at the hottest temperature, and Extra Easy at th
Introduction to setting up your storeIntroduction to setting up your storeIntroduction to setting up your store6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I have been there, deciding to sell your work is a scary decision. What do I do? How do I sell? How do I accept money? What do I do so that I don't lose money? What if no one buys my work? I went through every emotion and scary thought before I began. Three years after I opened my store I finally feel comfortable giving advice about it. This is a huge topic and I could write tons of info about it, so I'll begin with this introduction and build up on future articles. I will also write a second article about taking commissions, wait for it later this week!
Last year I wrote some guidelines with some more information about selling your work online, please consider reading it too! This article will focus on setting up your store.
Disclaimer: I'm not the most successful online seller, and I don't intend to be - I'm pretty busy with my studies, and most of my business comes from custom commissions, no
Artisan Craft and Copyright LawArtisan Craft and Copyright LawArtisan Craft and Copyright Law6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
As a Community Volunteer I spend a lot of time pouring through the Artisan Crafts galleries looking for art that deserves a bigger audience. I dig through every little hidden corner of the galleries looking at every type of craft, made by everyone from the most watched members to the day old newbies. And every time I do this, I have to double check it all for originality.
My time doing this had shed light on a massive problem inherent in the AC galleries: copyright violation
Now, I'm not talking about the obvious I-stole-your-picture-and-uploaded-it violations. I'm talking about something much more subtle, to the point it feels like most of the perpetrators don't actually realise they're doing it. I'm often about to give someone a DD, until I read their description and find it completely devoid of credit. Rather than getting a site-wide feature, these artists end up on my blacklist instead. It all boils dow
The Difference Between 'Crafts' and 'Fine Art'Artisan Crafts WeekThe Difference Between 'Crafts' and 'Fine Art'6 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Whether or not there is a difference between these two major art genres is something that is highly disputed in much of the art world. I should start off by stating this: there are many opinions on the subject, but there is no definitive answer. That being said, this article aims to be more of a thought-provoking discussion of the subject than an informative article!
Both 'Fine Art' and 'Craft' have a history behind them and that often influences our understanding of them even in their contemporary forms. How I think about the history of Fine Art is generally as something that was created to be beautiful, or to be viewed. In contrast crafts were traditionally something that were created to be useful; to serve a purpose. For example: the difference between a painting and a ceramic mug or vessel. However, as art continues to progress, and as people push the boundaries as we move forward, I don't think that those standards necessar
Artist's Toolbox: Acid Dyeing (Shibori)Artist's ToolboxArtist's Toolbox: Acid Dyeing (Shibori)9 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Shibori is an ancient technique which essentially refers to dyeing and shaping fabric with a multitude of techniques involving "resists" - basically tying, stitching, capping, clamping, etc. the fabric, to allow dye to get only to particular areas of the fiber. Although shibori is not only done with acid dyes, I use acid dyes in my shibori work, so that's what I'll be talking about in this article! Hope you enjoy!
The process of acid dyeing silks and wool can yield beautiful results, but it can be tricky to figure out exactly how to get a particular 'pattern' with dye due to it's rather spontaneous nature. For some, letting the dye do as it pleases will produce their favorite results, but there are times when we need to restrict the dye at least a little bit. In order to do either of these types of dyeing, tools are a necessity!
A stitched 'pattern' on silk noil, called 'mokume