Craving Handmade: Digital Art Meets the Maker Movement
Why is it that the mention of something being handmade today tugs so hard on our heart strings? It could be because the machine-made has lessoned the idea of craft to the extent that we crave the authentic touch of the human hand. Mass marketing and factory produced has become expected. There is certainly no wabi-sabi in sight. This Japanese appreciation for the imperfections in art and in life is absent from the sleek shiny existence we are sold on t.v. The handmade is har
Can Institutionalized Art Retain a Romantic Spark?
The notion of what it means to be an artist has always carried with it some type of reverence or sense of awe. We admire and respect the vision and gifts that a true artist can bring forth from within their being. However, the cultural idea of what it means to be an artist has changed significantly over time and is currently in the midst of a very large transformation. Art has its roots in the idea of the craftsman. It wasn’t until the late 18th century and early 19th cent
Digital Print as "Objet D’art"
When I was teaching 2D Digital Art I always talked about the creation process in terms of on-screen and off. Unless you own a large format printer (which many cannot afford to maintain) at some point you have to let go of your baby that you've nurtured and finessed on screen and send it off to the faraway land of the print studio. This can be daunting. I've printed my own work, and even then it is hard to see the image go from light on screen - which is what you were used