Have you been following along with the Workshop in Progress participants? There are some really interesting projects out there. I'll admit that I've been behind on my blog reading so I missed the initial posts, but I encourage you to still visit the blogs and gain some insight into the personal creative process of these artists.
Yes, I said artists. Those who create are artists, even if you sew on the dining room table after the kids got to bed. Even if you never share a piece of your work. I truly believe that process is integral to the notion of art. I was never able to answer the debate in my History of Art class as an undergrad on whether art is about the artist and their process, the finished piece, or the audience. All I know is that there is no art without some combination of the three. With an on-line presence you are choosing to share both yourself and your process, in addition to the finished work. Would you still create without the blog audience? Most likely, right? But you must get something out of sharing the work and bits of yourself, hence the third aspect of art, the audience.
I hope you take the time to participate in the Workshop as a poster and as an commenter. We aren't trying to replace the energy of a whole bunch of people standing in front of a design board, but we can foster the community of creativity and a supportive environment for trying out new ideas. So please, take a look at what our fellow artists are doing.
Over at Katie's Korner she is showcasing the finished Frenchy bag. She is ever so thankful for your tips and opinions on choosing fabric. And I love the end results. I'm not generally one for fabric bags (please don't hate me for that) but this is such a fabulous pattern. I might be tempted to try one myself. Cristin at Sew This is My Life is playing around with half square triangles. A few posts back she'stried out a few layouts and your comments helped her decide where she wanted to take the quilt. Personally, I think she may have had a specific one in mind, but the feedback to confirm can be just as important as the feedback to challenge. She's now squared up her blocks and is on to sewing. Keep checking back with her to see the finished project. I hope she knows how to quilt it. Have you seen the wonderful quilt Sue has been sharing with us at Share the Love? The lovely progress on her Snippets quilt, now finished, was insightful and showed how we quilters often fiddle over the smallest decisions. And then you do something and it just works. And then you applique ateeny bird and the whole thing is perfect. I can't wait to see what she does next. What KT Made Next has been very honest with every step along the way of designing and completing her Roses for Rosa quilt. I've really enjoyed helping her work through fabric shortages and layout options. And because she's been teasing us by posting without pictures I can't wait to see what the finished product looks like! Now, on to my next Workshop project. I haven't shared with you yet that I am participating in an on-line course hosted by Marisa Anne from Creative Thursday. It's been a personal challenge to not only accept the creativity inside me but to find a way to express it and share it with others, all while staying true to my family and myself. Taking the In the Fish-Bowl course is one of those things that forces you to be quietly reflective while slapping yourself across the face a la Airplane. What's the equivalent of a man-crush for women, because that's what I have for Marisa? This week's class was about our on-line identity. To be honest, I feel a bit schizophrenic about my on-line identity because I have all my quilting, then all my food writing. In my head they mesh together well most of the time, but as an on-line brand I struggle. As part of my own challenges I am taking another look at both blogs. To start, with the overall look and layout. At the same time I am going to examine some of those larger identity issues, but that requires a lot more reflection and perhaps and shot of non-existent lottery winnings.
So, I am asking you for your opinions on what works and doesn't work on blogs. Mine, yes, but others too. What bugs you that people do no naming names)? What features do you love? How do you search through a blog? What do you want out of a quilting blog? And anything else you want to share. Updates and changes will likely be ongoing for now.
Oh, and the pictures? Just because I have a hard time posting without a picture, that's all. Besides Marisa encouraged us to think of our on-line space as a home or office, or even a specific room. Immediately I thought of my dining room, where so much of my creative process gets realized, in food, in writing, in family dinners, pajama painting, tea with friends, and conversation.
(PS I am fully aware of the irony of a post about on-line presence where my formatting is completely messed up. I'm trying, but I don't know how to fix it.)