Wednesday, March 4, 2015
I am going to gear up this blog again. It's been a long time since I wrote to it. Lots of stuff have passed through my life.
I have been thinking about the difference between a hobby and a vocation/occupation. I have a friend who called what I do with threads and needles a hobby. I was disturbed at this. I am an artist and can be nothing else. She may have been basing her words on the fact that she is a freelance consultant in the business world and earns a ton of money. I, however, am a freelance artist and actually earn very little. (I hope none of you ghost readers are too surprised.) But I do earn.
I was hoping for a little more respect.
Above is one of my current embroideries. It is called Ribbon Tangle and is six-stranded cotton on perforated paper, 8" X 11". Yep, it is based on z-tangling. Is there a market for an embroidery such as this? I doubt it--especially at the price I must charge to compensate myself for the design time and the stitching time. The materials are immaterial in that pricing. Maybe 8 skeins of thread and one piece of paper. I love this piece.
And I love to tangle, though I don't do it a whole lot anymore. I would rather stitch the tangles that draw them right now. Tangles are a hobby. The stitching of tangles with thread and needle is my (sometimes) paid occupation.
What I have turned to for my hobby in recent months is making greeting cards that are little pieces of my art. No two greeting cards are alike, but some are similar. I made these two today using some of my own monoprinted paper, some origami paper, and a stencil from Hot Off the Press called Little Birdies. The stencil has four birds and four wings, but I rarely use the wings. Sometimes I sell my greeting cards. But even getting bucks for them does not make the making of them an occupation in my mind. Hobby all the way.