This should have been the first post I guess. My old blog (firstname.lastname@example.org) was a way to keep up with my life, my art, my interior design… As the interior design business was folding, because I was trying to start a business during a downward turning economy, I needed an outlet (and something to do with all my free time). I have always made things; quilts, furniture, floral design, photography (with real film), crafts… And I have been quilting about 20 or so years. Over those years I have discovered art quilting., the best of both worlds, art for those of us who want something more then a warm blanket. As I have grown and strived to be more of a artist I have read many books about making art, then I started reading more about being creative, being an artist… My reading led me to Austin Kleon’s book “Steal Like An Artist“, wonderful book I suggest anyone reading this blog should read it, and then like myself, you need to read his “Show Your Work” where he talks about many things, many of which i wrote down and these two books are the reasons for www.michaelpcunningham.com and this blog. Hear are a few of the wonderful quotes from his book.
Armatures succeed and fail, come with me and learn form my successes and failures.
Think about what you want to learn and learn it in front of others. (Reason 1 for this blog)
Share what you love and others who love it will find you. (Reason 2, it has not happened yet but)
You can’t find you voice it you don’t speak. (He said “use it” but I like speak better)
Take people behind the scenes. (Reason 3)
Think process not produce. (I think what he was saying is it is all about the learning, the art will come.)
Attribution is all about providing context for what you’re sharing: what the work is, who made it, how they made it, why people should care about it, where people can see some more like it. Attribution is about putting little museum labels next to the stuff you share. AK (I need to keep this in mind while writing.)
I could go on but then his book would be my blog. The book is just that good!
I highly suggest you pick them up, they are little books, a short, quick reads but oh so informative!
Till next week, keep your creative juices flowing!