September 28, 2010 § 2 Comments
September 28, 2010
People are always curious about my life as an artist.
One of the first questions they ask is what type of art I do. The second if I make a living doing it or if I have a “day job”. That question always reminds me that to many, my art career is often viewed as either not real work or part of a duplicitous second life . While I wouldn’t discount someone’s vocation because they are getting paid to do what they love, I can understand why other people would. It’s easy to romanticize a career where you follow your interests and creativity; think of any movie about any artist made in the last 20 years. I’m not arguing that there isn’t a certain truth to those movies. I’m arguing that being an artist is real work and I’ve got a spread sheet to prove it. I’m not going to deny or confirm having a secret second life, though. Let’s just say I read a lot of comic books.
The third question people always ask me is how I sell my work. I always think that this question is about whether or not I’m represented by a gallery (I’m not) or if I’m involved in some sort of pyramid scheme (no comment). This question is actually about how I can part with my artwork after I’ve spent so much time making it. Some guy on the bus once told me that making art is part of my soul and therefore selling my art was selling my soul. My argument was that if I do have a soul (unconfirmed) that it wouldn’t belong to me anyway so I wouldn’t be able sell it anyway (void where prohibited).
How I really feel about selling my work is simple:
In general my work doesn’t cost a lot in materials to produce. I use a lot of reclaimed materials, materials given to me or that I find at the thrift store. I have minimal waste for the materials I do use – no string is too short to save! I probably don’t have to explain that the real cost behind my work is the work itself – the hours I spend embroidering a single applique or hand quilting the back ground of a piece.
So when some one comes along and offers to buy my work it’s a validation of that time. Its an investment in my future as an artist, because I do have costs that can’t be discounted by shopping at Value Village. Most importantly, its a wonderful complement that someone enjoys a piece so much that they would like to look at it everyday in their home. To share it with family & friends for years to come and it make it apart of their life the way it was a part of my life while I was creating it.
While some random guy on the bus may consider it pilfering away my soul, I consider it giving away a little bit of my love.
To my two loyal patrons who recently purchased the works featured in this post – Thank You!
❤ Grace Willard
September 20, 2010 § 2 Comments
Microcosm still has 41 days left to go, but it’s already 40% funded! I’m so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to pledge, check out the project, or share the link to the project. I’m definitely feeling the love!
I just wanted to share a photo of the handmade pins you will be rewarded if you pledge $25 (in addition to a handwritten thank you, 3 postcards featuring my artwork, and a vegan bar of handmade soap).
In other news, I’ve been encouraged to apply for a 3 day Artist-in-Residence program for teaching artists with a strong tie to the environment. Unfortunately, I just missed the deadline for this year but already excited to apply to next year!
If you’d like to learn more about the Microcosm project or make a pledge please visit my Kick Starter page.
❤ Grace Willard
September 16, 2010 § 2 Comments
My Microcosm: Portrait of the Interurban Biosphere
Hi my name is Grace Willard and I’m an emerging fiber artist living in Seattle, WA.
My artwork explores macro and microcosms. I’m interested in organisms that share our space whether they live in the cracks of the side walks, under the eaves or under the cellar stairs.
What I’m really interested in exploring next are microorganisms – small plants and animals you can’t see with the naked ee.
There’s a vast microcosm to explore and I’m going to need some help!
I recently signed up for training with Home Waters and I’ll be learning to conduct field experiments in October. This is really exciting because it will allow me to include other people in my field research!
I hope to involve young people here in Seattle in both the arts and sciences.
I’m requesting funding for a microscope with a USB digital eye piece. This will allow me to record both still and moving images of microorganisms. I’m also going to need some lab supplies for my secret laboratory!
Contributing to this project means you’ll help make it happen. Whether you pledge $1 or $500 you’ll get a really great prize from me in the mail.
Some of the prizes include a handwritten thank you note, postcards, soap, handmade pins, and orginal artwork.
For the full list of prizes look over to your right!
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my project. You can follow me on Face Book or on my Word Press site (www.gracewillard.wordpress.com).
Music: “Flocon” by Silence from the album Encre.