That’s it… for now!

I am partly done and I am going to stop working on my creation for a while.

I know it is not the best time to do so and I am also aware of my enthusiasm to finish it in less than a month. As often happens things shift and I should act upon real events instead of blindly following my idea and plan.

Reality must be affected and reflected upon accordingly, right?!

I managed to balance the sculpture, so it is a whole thing now. However, I am still about to decide on the screen in the chest, the lights, the stand it is going to sit on… Right now, I feel too focus, and this happen for the festival preparation as well – I need to distance myself a little bit, clear my head of worries for the final submission and get new fresh look at it.

Ironically, just now I am founding about the 5 pillars of the craftsmanship and reading each one made me reflect in very personal and subjective way.

1. ‘The good craftsman understands the importance of the sketch – that is, not knowing quite what you are about when you begin.’

Of course! I already changed my original idea and proceed in different approach and technique. A year ago myself would say this is incredibly frustrating thing, because part of who I am is control freak – I like to make plans and stick to them, otherwise it causes me great anxiety. Now, it still makes me a little sick, but I am appreciating the space I gave myself to change and adjust while working instead trying to put my ideas in stones.

2. ‘The necessity to make use of difficulties.’

It is logically following from the first one, and in my personal opinion, that is part of the essence of creativity. Often during the process of making something unexpected happens and the creator shouldn’t be blind for the possibilities which what seems at first ‘a problem’ might reveal. When I was little I used to learn how to draw objects which I am visually observing and used to start all over again when I make mistake. My father used to tell me that artist use defects and turn them into effects – one of the most valuable lessons which a young crafter might receive.

3. ‘Obsessing about perfect proportion [is] the cause of this loss of relational character.’

Just in my previous post I wrote about the balance issue with my sculpture… and myself. I am convinced that my hand creations are not only representing my skills but my flaws as well and I am actually fine with that because it is who I am. I am perfectly imperfect, as any human being, and so is my craftsmanship.

4. ‘The good craftsman avoids perfectionism that can degrade into a self-conscious demonstration.’

That point made me think for a while – ‘the maker is bent on showing more what he or she can do than what the object does.’ If one thing is without any doubt my sculpture is not showing all of my crafting capabilities. If I wanted to show off and attract admiration, I would probably create a mixed media project which involves all the materials and tools I have ever used to make something spectacular (…or not). Instead, I decide to work with material I have never used before.

5. ‘The good craftsman learns when it is time to stop. Further work is likely to degrade.’

Probably that is the lesson I learn during the film festival preparation and the one we’ve discussed with my academic tutor. Awareness. To be aware when to stop and when to push a little harder. Because there is very fine line and takes so little to make something genius or completely ruin it. And I might go even further and say this is a valid statement not only for the work and making of something but also when we are referring to work on the self, personal growth, self-development – awareness is requirement for best results.

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