It's my day off, well, I have to bind some books later today and I'm just baking the last of 4 loaves of bread for friends and family (standing Sunday order of two whole wheat and two white), but you get the idea—and I watched Craft in America—Process and had to call it to your attention.
All of the program is engaging and "WOW" but there are artists that are making things I'm interested in which made this a particularly fun episode. Julie Chen, book artist, makes incredible 100-book editions that I can't even begin to describe—they pop up, shift, and well, are just perfectly constructed. (She makes and plans and prints one book a year in a 100 book edition, which is then put together over a longer time frame.) Tom Killion, printmaker, runs through his process and the camera catches the layers of his prints several times. You see his work from sketch to finished print. And he talks about his influences with examples so you can clearly see connections. Dave and Roberta Williamson make incredible found art jewelry. This is jewelry made with great craftsmanship, silversmithing, care, an artistic eye in the composition and selection of the materials.
All these artists talk about discovering their passion and going forward with it as their lives' work. The really fun thing about this program is that there are several schools talked about, so if you want to study with one of these people or go somewhere to learn these techniques you can follow up with it.
If it's your day off too think about following your passion, go get inspired.
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