9.08.2006

Studio Friday: Tools of the Trade

" There's such a diverse group here, with such different art forms, I think it would be interesting to see what tools others use on a regular basis to create their art or product. " ~ Carrie

tools

My work these days involves fabric and sewing so I use all of the basic tools common to sewers everywhere—scissors, pins, rotary cutters, sewing machine, needles and thread. I also do a lot of embroidery so I have several sizes of needles and hoops and a plastic bin full of floss in every color imaginable. And loads of fabric, of course.

And I've dabbled in other mediums in the past. Weaving in college with brightly-colored wools and harness looms. Photography with its dark rooms and funny-smelling chemicals (before digital, of course). More recently some jewelrymaking with all of the requisite findings and beads.

But what interests me more than our differences, is the tools we all share no matter what our art style or medium. And that's our minds (to dream and envision ideas), our eyes (to see the beauty around us), and our hands (to make those dreams a reality). I may not always work with fabric—who knows what the future will bring. But I'll always carry these three basic "tools" with me.

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7 comments:

Jill said...

Wonderful post!

Tracie said...

You said it! Great list of tools.... :)

Going For Greatness said...

ya know, I didn't even think that deeply today and you are RIGHT! Our mind is our absolute most important tool of all! What a neat take on today's topic! I have enjoyed reading your entry! ~
Have a great weekend!
Gabi

Carrie Sommer said...

Wow, you got all logical on me! Great post Janet, thanks!

Anke said...

So true! But I don't like weaving at all. Paper weaving yes, but with strings, no thank you! You have fun though!

Ouissi Gresty said...

I love the part about our minds...too true...

Ouissi x

APlanet4Creation said...

I remember the funny chemcial smells. We even developed pictures in our laundry room (the only place with no windows).