Ten tips for Textile Artists
Textiles are an essential part of all of our lives. Those who work with textiles enjoy an intimate
understanding of the warp and weft, the pattern and design, the drape and weight of cloth and the beautiful metaphors that textiles offer us in our creative life. Whether you stitch, loop, weave, or paint, expressing your individual spirit through cloth can be a joyful and challenging endeavor. Remembering to start from your own heart , and developing tools for managing your time, space and materials will support your passion for the colors, textures and diversity of a life filled with textile art.
1) Start with your Spark
Each one of us has a spirit or spark that is uniquely expressed only through us. That spark includes the sum total of our experiences, skills, strengths and challenges. Journal about what makes you unique. Write a statement that clearly defines why you make art and hang it somewhere you will be able to read it often.
2) Feed your Passion.
Passion is fuel and we need to keep connected to our source if we are to continue to create.
Notice what gives you tingles; what make you giddy, what makes you feel sublimely happy. Make a list of things that you love and include them in your life as much as possible. Feel your passion and let it fuel your creativity.
3) Trust your intuition
Listen to your urgings and inklings and follow that thread. Look inside for guidance and then take the time to still yourself so you can receive. Trust yourself when exploring new techniques, materials aor ideas.
4) Define your Personal Style.
The more you can identify the things that really inspire you, the closer you will be to defining your personal style. Collect pictures, poems, books, and anything that has the colors, textures, shapes, lines, and feelings that you react and respond to.
5) Look for inspiration in unlikely places. Stay alert and you can find ideas for your textile work just about anywhere from Home depot to the zoo. Be in the habit of bringing your camera along when you are out and about.
6) Use Boxes, Books, Boards and Binders.
Organizing tools are essential for creative people. Use large bulletin boards for displaying your inspiring images, lists of goals, calendar of events and things to do. Collect photos, picture, fabrics, yarns, beads, dyes, natural materials etc. in plastic see through boxes for easy storage. Keeps journals of drawings, poems, photos and writings and binders for samples, notes and workshop info.
7) Organize your studio or work space into areas for the different processes you do in your work. A sewing station that is permanently set up is ideal but if that isn’t possible, store sewing materials together. Create an area for messy jobs like dying or surface design. Keep supplies for various projects in tubs so that you can just grab it and begin.
8) Keep a calendar of yearly events and exhibits and plan ahead by counting backwards from each due date. Mark each week so that you know what has to be accomplished in order to have your whole project finished and photographed well before the deadline.
9) Bring small hand-work projects with you wherever you go. Have several bags with knitting or hand stitching in your car, by your couch and even by your bedside. Using those small amounts of time adds up to completed projects.
10) Collaborate with other textile artists and those who work in different mediums. Connect with fiber communities to enjoy the camaraderie, get inspired, inspire others and spend time with people who value textile art.
Copyright 2011 Brecia Kralovic-Logan