Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thoughts on Words and Art Journals

I am a lover of words especially in my artwork. When my art journal was returned from the first round of our exchange, I realized how different my approach is to an art journal. I use mine to record not just images/art, but words, quotes, thoughts, lists, clippings from magazines, etc. Please don't misunderstand, I sincerely believe there is not right or wrong way to create an art journal. I think of the writing in my journal to be art.

In mine, you will find "sy did glad" which is Danish for sew yourself happy. Which happens to be Lone Schaadt's blog/website name. Isn't it wonderful in every way?

Then there are words that people use that are regional or family words, etc.  "Comeapart" is one of them. Spoken by Jane Burch Cochran and said in her wonderful Kentucky accent and used to describe someone not coping well. Haven't we all had moments of "comeapart."

I am thrilled with the pages that have been created by my partners in this journey-- Helen Lindton and Louise Kirby.

 Helen took on the challenge to improve her drawing. She makes amazing cloth dolls. She also included a quote in my journal so she picked up my love of quotes! "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

Louise also included words- "Encourage each other to bloom."

I can't wait for the next round. I keep dreaming of things I would like to do in their journals and can't wait to see what they do in mine! I am so glad I took advantage of this opportunity. I haven't done a round robin exchange in a long time.

I have had very mixed experiences with round robins. One of my favorites was a cloth doll exchange even with the disappearance of my handmade book that accompanied it. One of my least favorites was a collage exchange. I kept it in a closet for years until one day I recycled it. Still didn't regret the experience.  Do you like to collaborate?

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of collaboration, but more than that I love working in a group alongside other artists. There is something about the energy it creates that is so close to everything is right with the world in that moment of collective creation.


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