There is an art and craft guild located here in the Dallas Texas area. They are called the “Craft Guild of Dallas” and have been around since October, 1948. That makes me not quite two years older than the Guild. The history goes back a bit farther (pre WWII) but under a different name.
Today my daughter Shel and I joined the Craft Guild and we will be taking a wax carving and lost wax casting class starting in September (2013). The class runs 3 hours once a week for two months.
Shel took a glass bead making class over a year ago at the guild and has since install a studio in her home for glass work.
We won’t become experts but I like to think we will be starting off in the right direction. If I like what I can do, I’ll get more serious about tools and equipment. This has been something I have studied and have spent many years reading books on the process. I am sure I will take a serious liking.
Training like this is good for exploring interest. What is nice (I think) is that it is not just an isolated class but an actual group of professional and semi-professional experts. It has the right “stuff” for anyone who wants take their personal art skills more seriously. There are also no age barriers.
I think I have at last found the identity for my creative desires. It has been with me all my life as I have been chanting or at least thinking the artist mantra for what seems forever. It is the reason this web site/blog exists. There is an artist spirit inside me fighting to get out, buried in the guise of a hobbyist.
I never viewed myself until recently as a true artist. But in the naked truth, that is what lives inside me. I think I repressed art as a true and honorable profession for myself, but I think I have been missing the point.
Art is truly an opinion created from what is seen by the eye of the beholder. That first sentence is a metaphor. Today I believe everything created is a form of art not just what is seen by the eye. The defining what is good art is a classification by human opinion. All opinions are biased by the experience of the person making the judgment. That’s just the way it works.
Art is like a particle in quantum physics. If you try to define what or where it is, it doesn't exist or isn't there anymore. It may even be a single particle in two places at once. Ha!
Professional art critics are biased to their own taste, a point of preference but nothing more. The best advice for collectors today is to buy what you like and enjoy it. Investing for profit is another gig.
So... even what is bad art (in my opinion) is still art. I just classify it as BAD art. I can live with that.
I posted a motto at the banner on this site that sums up my feeling of creating enjoyable art and what sharing it is all about. “Do what you love for those who love what you do.”
It is time for me to come out of the art closet and identify myself as an artist. I can make the claim. It’s up to those who love what I do to confirm I deserve the title. Let the critics be damned, full speed ahead! Aye, Capt'n
Pictured is a new pen I made today. This one goes to a friend who first discovered the parts were available. What I made was the wood barrel (turned on a mini lathe) and hand finished. Then I assembled the parts. An interesting thing with this pen is the kit maker shows every one of his pens with the bolt handle assembled 180 degrees rotated the wrong way. The bolt handle is pointing up. This reversed position is because it interferes slightly with the pocket clip when in the proper bolt action position that I prefer. My opinion is the clip is a minor concern and the pen is not a style a user is likely to clip in a shirt pocket. Many other makers also make this correction.
Here are other pens I made several weeks ago. There is a construction series in my other blog, The Hobbyist Workshop.
These pens are fun to make and there are endless possibilities of materials that can be used. For some people pen making is a full time occupation. Individual pens can sell for $30.00 to hundreds of dollars. Special sets and holders, far more than that.
I plan on making pens for as long as I can. I have two more bolt locks to make right now.
Making tools can be a form of dimensional art. I like the look and the feel of any good hand tool. When it is a tool that has been well made with your own hands it has the special feel or spirit about it.
Here are a couple of prototype "Impression" stamp tools I made in just a few hours after gathering the materials. The handles were purchased as I am creative only so far. Ha!
My daughter asked me to make these for use in her glass bead work. She is another creative family member. In fact the whole family has artistic skills we should exploit more than we presently do.
These are prototypes and I am considering making these in batches if other people get interested. The head designs are limited only by size and imagination. As seen what I call "inies" and "outies" can be formed. If I can draw it I can make it.
The long handles are required because the glass work is very hot, but the result is very similar to pressing a seal into sealing wax or even cookie dough. Hmm... I can make those too...
I created these 2011 Christmas ornaments to try some new creative processes I have never used before. First was to see if I could machine wax (the mold) with a high enough surface finish that I wouldn't have to spend hours in finish bench work. (Success)
Next was to understand the process of resin casting multiple parts. (Success)
Third was to make something unique for Christmas 2011. (Success)
These went to all the family members. Not a tremendously wonderful gift item but I hope a keepsake ornament for the tree. I have a truly unique idea that I will probably see many others the same for next Christmas. I also plan to be casting in pewter by that time.
I think this qualifies as another contribution of Dimensional Art.
See the process HERE.