I have just finished what I think is my best piece to date
I am so proud of this one.
I have named this piece 'Nebulae' (the plural for more than one nebula of stars).
It is made with seed beads of various sizes, delicas and 9 swarovski rivoli's (the large crystals) and to my own pile of flesh.
What do you think?
I should add that on the 4th September I am submitting this and three other beaded pieces (these two
and an as yet unfinished 'fire/star' inspired bracelet/cuff which will be a contrasting partner to 'Nebula) before a committee for consideration of my being invited to join the Glasgow Women Artists. This is a very prestigious organisation who set a major exhibit at least three times a year. Many of the artist make a very good living from the sale of the pieces at the exhibitons and are widely recognised for their artistic talents.
In saying all this they also have a tendancy toward being a little 'old-fashioned' in they're opinion of what constitutes 'Art' and what is 'Craft'.
They currently only have three 'Jeweller' Artist Members who all work in silver and semi-precious stones. When you fill in the application you are asked to specify your speciality, so naturally I thought I wouldnt use 'Jeweller' as it tends to imply silver- or gold-work. Once you are a member you can exhibit any type of artistic work not just your entered piece type (ie in my case beaded work), and I hope to exhibit some of my bags and textile art. I figured that 'Craftswoman' was the most apt description of my work, but I thought I woul be better checking with a member of the committee. I spoke with the (female) president of the GWA and asked her what she thought I should describe my self as. Her response?...and I quote (and I mean seriously) "Oh, you cant use 'craftswoman' thats demeaning...what about 'Ethnic Jeweller?"
ok, so, apparently describing someone as 'ethnic' (when they are of white scottish background) is less demeaning than the term 'Craftwoman' - does this not seem a little ridiculous to you?!" Apparently they think that craft and art are totally different things which cannot
overlap - I say William Morris might have a few things to comment on that!
The end result of all this is that I am entereing as a 'Mixed Media Designer'
as I am a fully qualified Graphic Designer as well as 'Craftswoman'.
I will be interested to see whether I will actually get in or whether they will decided that what I do is 'Craft' and not 'Art'
sorry for the long post but I figured you peeps would understand the frustration!!