Monday, October 8, 2007

Design Team!

I have wanted to be on a design team for awhile now. I am now on 2! They are both great sites. Full of inspiring artwork, tips, challenges, and more! I just had to share. I'm an Island Girl with We B' Scrappin (here locally in Cicero , NY ) and with The Little Scrap Shop (online...based in Georgia). It has been an overwhelming experience in such a good way. First of all, I am honored that they want me to create artwork for them and two, I love working with other designers who share my love of art. It's not merely a "scrapbooking" venture, but a partnership of sorts. I love that this is going beyond a hobby and that it is actually my "Art" right now. Being a Fine Artist, I fought against this infiltration of scrapbooking... so crafty. Okay, I admit, I LIKE being crafty. I feel good making cute, fun things. I'm a Martha Stewart wanna be (well, except the jail time part). That being said, I struggle against the way I should think as an artist... who defined what "real artists" should be or shouldn't be? In college and even with my artist friends (the ones that actually make a living on their art), you would NEVER consider crafts a Fine art.... Anything remotely crafty is evil in their minds. It's a very snobby world in the Fine Arts world. However, craft is definitely becoming a regular art form... ceramics, fibers, felting, quilting, collage, and mixed media is being considered Fine Arts. Well, it's scrapbooking a combination of all of that... I consider it Mixed media. I just think the word "Scrapbooking" conjours up images of cut out triangles, 12 photos on a page, and stickers. Yes, that is where most of us "scrappers" started out. That company (you all know the one), has come along way, but still caters to the simple and quick. It's now about the art, the process, what I can do that's totally unique, that thrills me. I feel bad that I don't attend that company's crops anymore. I love my friend that sells it, but I just feel stiffled there. It's not particularly creative. People who go there are also very snobby... they don't like my devient behavior in using paints, drywall tape, or "Gasp!" mixing patterns. It's a loyal bunch. So, to look down my nose at my professors who boast that Fine Arts must stay traditionally categorized, I say... "get an open mind and look at what is being done around you!". This industry is growing faster than the Fine Arts industry! I will always consider myself an artist whether I sell my work to a magazine or in NYC. I enjoy the creation process and whatever my medium, I am very proud of what I do!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh thanks....just for saying it all. Whether this is art to be sold...or cherished by our families it is "good". And I am so with you about the creating part...playing releases my inner child.....I love how I feel while I am scrapping. I love to look at others work and sometimes I feel like I am "no good at this" but then Jonah comes here and wants to look through the albums and I remember who I am creating this for. It is worth every penny and hour I put in to it!

Bonnie B

Gina said...

Well said, about every little aspect. Your layouts are wonderful and stretch me to think in new creative ways. Have a blast on those DT's!

Anonymous said...

Jen, I SO feel the same way you do about "the company" hehehe! I always get invited to go to the crops, as I have friends who sell it too. I just don't enjoy it, it is a very stifling experience and they're horrified at the products and things I use! Ahhhh, isn't it great we found a good home? ;)
Amy (crazyblue)

ellen said...

congrats!!! great words!!! your stuff is totally inspiring