Re: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] top talent or perfection required?
- On 8/13/2013 10:23 PM, Susan wrote:
>I just heard the most brilliant of statements at Pennsic - Practice
> This needs a gigantic "LIKE" button!
> Albreda the Unperfect!
> On Aug 13, 2013, at 8:32 PM, "katherine kerr" <vicki@...
> <mailto:vicki%40webcentre.co.nz>> wrote:
> > > Sidney:
> > > As an artist I am always telling people that "talent" is overrated.
> > > It's just a starting point. It's the love of the art, whatever art it
> > > is, which inspires artists to practice their art. Love of the art
> > > makes it a joy, so we don't think of it as work. When you find an art
> > > that you love (all things creative are art to me, not just painting or
> > > drawing), practice and continual learning is what propels you to
> > > achieve wonderful things. And no matter how good you get, it is never
> > > perfect because there is always something more to learn and try.
> > I've always thought that we tend to over-rate perfection in our
> practice of the arts. We should
> > bear in mind that the things that have survived are generally the
> top end of the bell curve --
> > they have survived precisely because they were the best of the best
> and people saw fit to
> > honour them by preserving them. Fair enough.
> > But we're being a tad anal retentive in thinking that all blackwork
> has to be reversible on
> > 36-count linen, and killing our eyes to make it so. I was delighted
> to see an example in the
> > V&A of some rough-as-guts blackwork, the equivalent of using perle
> cotton on 14-count Aida
> > (which is what I used for my kid's cuffs, boy could you scrub it
> when you needed to!). And
> > loose gowns with panels of velvet pile going every which way.
> > I tend to say these days that I don't do calligraphy, I do
> handwriting. And I've got more than
> > enough examples of uneven hands, sloping hands, smudged tear-stained
> letters (Mary
> > Queen of Scots produced lots of those), missives with cross-outs and
> insertions etc in official
> > correspondence that's been dashed off on a scrap of paper. One of
> these days I may
> > convince the Scribe's Guild that that is just as authentic as the
> most perfect illuminated
> > bastarda, but I'm not holding my breath....
> > I was delighted to see the page in an early printed book which had
> the clear imprint of a piece
> > of type that had fallen out during the process and embedded in on
> the page. Or, even better,
> > the cat pawprints across one page, made on the day of printing 500
> years ago. Lovely! So if a
> > paper jam skews some of my chapbook pages on printout, I'm happy to
> use them. My
> > counterparts in the 1550s would have, and I've got the slack
> examples to prove it. I've been
> > known to deliberately skew woodcut graphics and spot-colour fills
> just a tad to match the
> > mis-registration you see in some texts. It may not be perfect, but
> it's period.
> > On the odd occasion when people ask me what my Laureldom was in, I
> say "I'm a Laurel of
> > the mediocre, and proud of it!" :-)
> > Cheers,
> > katherine
> > =====================================
> > katherine kerr of the Hermitage, in the Crescent Isles,
> > Barony of Southron Gaard, Kingdom of Lochac
> > http://webcentre.co.nz/kk
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It really puts the focus of my own meager efforts into the proper
Nadyezhda the Simple
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