When is something art? When you stop and think about it, that is a very profound question. I’ve been in wonderful art museums, seen a famous piece of “art” and thought a second grader could have done better. So, is art, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder? Is it something new and unique from the mind of the artist? I don’t know the answer, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately.
I’ve always thought of my work as “crafty.” Many of the fiber arts can be craft, but can also be art. I think of some of my early attempts and most of them were more craft than art. It was only when I began to weave and work with cashmere and wool that I felt empowered to call my work art.
What I create comes from my mind and flows from my fingers. It is unique in this world. I feel compelled to fashion something new and useful from fiber. I am excited to wake up and start working on a project. This convinces me that I should, with all my heart, follow my art!