Have you ever read Selvedge Magazine? The school library has a subscription and I highly recommend checking it out. A friend of mine got me a digital subscription for my birthday. It is a beautiful publication full of some of my favourite things: textiles in fashion, fine art, interiors, travel and shopping.
I read a really great article in issue 59 this morning written by Kim Werker called: Ugly on Purpose, which also appears in the book Craftivism: The Art of Craft & Activism by Betsy Greer. In the article she discusses overcoming your fear of failure by making something ugly. She came up with the project “Mighty Ugly” when she was faced with the challenge of making a doll. She decided to alleviate her fear of screwing up by intentionally making the doll ugly. This was a profound experience, liberating her from the pressure she put on her self to make things perfect.
From here, her project flourished. She held workshops and invited people to make ugly dolls with her. They would discuss the ugly voices that we all to listen to saying: “You can’t do it” “It’s not worth trying” and “Nobody will care anyways…”
By listening to that voice and letting it convince you not to make something or not to speak out is doing yourself a disservice. “If there’s even a small chance our creations or conversations will make someone smile or raise someone’s consciousness or inspire reflection, that’s reason enough to create or converse.”
Kim Werker now has a book on her project as well as a website: http://www.mightyugly.com/
I really enjoyed reading this piece, it has a lot of parallels to my ideas and work with stains on cloth. Making something ugly is really the beginning of something beautiful 🙂
The Fibre Department is now accepting submissions for our annual show at the Peanut Gallery at John Fluevog Calgary. The show will run from December 14th until January 30th and is open exclusively to fibre majors. Submissions must be in by Tuesday, medicine
December 1st, online
no later than 12:00PM.
Submissions can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Within the body of your email, Hemorrhoids
- Your name and year of study
- Contact information (non-ACAD email if necessary)
Attach to email in PDF form:
- A statement (maximum 300 words) that describes the work you are submitting and a brief explanation of your practice as an artist
- A point form description of the work that includes:
- Title of the work
- Installation requirements
- Digital images of your work (minimum 2)
- Must be jpeg files
- Images must be properly lit and in focus
- Please make your images 150 dpi and 1200 pixels along the longest side
- If your work requires video or sound please submit electronic files
Please make sure all attached files are in PDF form. The Peanut Gallery does not provide plinths, so please consider work that can be installed without the use of a plinth. The date of installation for the show will be on December 13, 2015 and artists must be available to install their work on that day between 12-5.
If you have any questions about the submission process prior to the deadline, please feel free to contact Madison Potter at email@example.com