Sunday, November 9, 2008
...as a professional photographer working alot for magazines and ad agencies i very rarely get to see a photograph or handle a negative or get polaroid chemistry on my fingers and clothes anymore..
finished images are uploaded by ftp to the graphic departments server and that is the last i see until they are published ... it is for this reason that i need urgently to make something real with my hands. I have spoken with many friends about this and have found a general resurgence in creative people who now work with computers needing desperately to do something manual.
Folk who originally were sketching designs on paper with scratchy pens or pencils or building little models of cardboard or painting are now in such a virtual world as to have lost a vital step in the process of creation... that being the physical sensation of making an idea come alive...
we are alienated from the very thing we are creating....
i have started to fool around again with pinhole cameras and polaroid sheet film ....and another whim is lino cuts ... i always enjoyed the printing process...during university i spent alot of time making screen prints and paintings ..
i'm a very messy printer... but that's part of the whole enjoyment - to smell the ink
or paint and get it everywhere ...(my camera is covered in blood red paint and sticky fingerprints ...)
today i have been making more of my "strange heart" series...
i dont know if it is anything important or even if anyone likes them but i am doing a limited edition of 250 and i send one with every image purchased from my little galleries on etsy...as a little thankyou...
a happy accident and a tiny fingerprint heart happens...i make a little fingerprint heart on all the later print backs :)
the more virtual my world becomes the more strong the urge to make something
with my own hands
something simple real and tactile
my birthday is coming up on the 13th of november and i intend to spend the whole day making little sets and making pinhole photographs of them
here are a few of my real world friends who are handcrafting works to get real again
tony sandoval -artist ... draws and paints on anything that comes to hand, including postoffice receipts... one of which i am the proud owner of!!!
silvia messa -director tvc and print media ... making handcrafted clothes and ecclectic artworks
ingermaaike -artist ... making handcrafted felt eccentric pieces of wearable art and odd toys
francis van hout - 3D animator ... making footprints of humans in plaster,paintings and installations of picket fences
michael dye - fashion+celebrity stylist ... cooking up veritable storms in the vineyards in italy
carin campbell - production manager of massive construction projects for the australians... mad knitter "stitch and bitch" and landscape gardener
and there are many many more ....