I'm not sure the reason for telling all that except from day one, in my participation in arts and crafts organizations there have been perceptions and mis-perceptions about the relationship between craft and art. What is one, and what is the other? Are there differences between the two? And does it matter? My personal inclinations are toward the beautiful and useful well-crafted object. It kills two birds with one stone, serving both as object of contemplation, and also of service (which is also a matter for contemplation). In order for an object to be useful, it it must actually work, and it must also have integrity that lasts over time, and for those reasons both skill and understanding are required. And for those reasons, I hold craft as the generally higher form of artistic expression. I guess I'm backward from most in that.
"Lubber, a sphere of laminated cedar veneer punctuated with hand-wrought iron rings, sits as a sentinel to the concourse. Lubber's title refers to a person that is out of sync with his environment, commonly known in the nautical expression, 'land-lubber', a person not acclimated to seafaring."As one who is always curious about how things are made, I got close and saw the marks left by the thousands of staples (all carefully removed) used to hold pieces together as the glue dried.
As is common in all my travels, I came home overstimulated with ideas about things I want to make. No huge wooden balls... OK?
On another matter, it seems that the old saying "we are what we eat," may be closely related to the various microbes we use to digest our food. Researchers are learning that what we have in our guts has profound effect on our processes of thought, and our feelings about life. "Gut Bacteria Might Guide the Workings of our Minds."
On our AEP/SWEPCO ordeal in which the power company wants to run a 345 kV power line through our beautiful hills, and whack away at our local beauty and tourist economy, the Administrative Law Judge has now decided she's heard enough argument to decide the case. Her ruling will be revealed to us in 90 days. That is a long time to keep our fingers crossed, but I have faith that we will prevail over the ugly power monster either in the Public Service Commission or in the Arkansas Court of Appeals. And AEP/SWEPCO should be ashamed of themselves for proposing such arrogant stupidity in the first place.
Make, fix and create...