I haven’t been in the studio as much as usual lately. There are so many reasons why. It’s too cold, it’s too warm (gardening), too many other things happening, lack of ideas, etc. That doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting idle.
I’ve been working on some other creative pursuits like trying out painting and writing again. I’m taking a free class in one and just jumping in to the other. There is everything I’ve been doing with the PA Guild of Craftsmen & the Yellow Breeches Chapter boards. I’ve been doing non-artistic things as well (gasp.)
But I’ve been mulling things over in my head and I’m ready to come our of my winter hibernation. It’s hard sometimes to build your motivation back up after taking some time off (even if you really needed it.) Not to mention all the vitriol being spewed online has kept me away from places like Facebook & Twitter.
There is a change in the way everyone is experiencing art and it’s tough finding the crest of that wave as well. So that’s something else I’ve been trying to figure out. It’s a time of finding myself I guess. So where do you look when you’re looking for inspiration? What motivates you?
Last night I watched the documentary, Between the Folds. It’s about origami, art, math, and engineers. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but I thought I’d give it a try since I did origami as a kid and I obviously like folding metal.
It turns out to be a really cool documentary. I enjoyed hearing how origami has influenced both the artists and the scientists/mathematicians. It was a good mix of technically brilliant pieces and those that had a soft aliveness to them. The patterns were so intricate and resulted in such amazingly three dimensional forms. I wanted to get into the studio right away and start folding metal. Of course it was after midnight when I finished watching it, so I decided to spare my neighbors the headache, hehe.
It was interesting to see how the artists became more and more simpler and emotional in their work as their technique became more developed. For the sciencey guys there was a striving to building a perfect algorithm to create folds or to see what sort of practical applications origami could have. It ended up being such a wonderful blending of math and art.
Being who I am, I was happy to hear both sides talk about how important the process was. One artist, Chris Palmer, spoke about how
the public and the galleries see so little of what the piece really is. They see the end result, but so much of it is the process used to create the piece. As a craftsperson, that speaks to so much of what I do.
I still have to finish the pieces that I’m working on right now, but I’m inspired to start working through some ideas that the film sparked. The idea of creating forms using the minimal amount of folding is intriguing. We’ll see where this goes.
I got it through Netflix, but I found this link to Between the Folds on YouTube, though I’m not sure how long it will be available there, it’s unsanctioned. You can also find out more at the PBS site.