A post at this blog (one of my favorites) issued an open invitation to participate in this interview. I find this blog particularly inspiring so I decided to accept the invitation and conduct my interview. Here goes.
1: What am I working on? I'm actually working on several things at once, which is my usual modus operandi. I'm knitting a baby blanket for a niece who is expecting her first baby, I'm knitting socks for myself (2 pair) and little pouches that may become gifts or maybe not, it depends. I'm working on a crocheted tote bag that is quite slow going but I hope to finish soon. And I'm working on Artist Trading Cards and Altered Rolodex Cards for a swap group I belong to.
2: How does my work differ from others of its genre? I really don't know. Every artist develops their own particular style. Given the same instructions and materials, each person will create something uniquely their own. That's why you can always tell a Beatles song or a Bob Marley song - not just the sound of the voice, the the structure and style of the music. That's why a Renoir is different from a Monet.
My knitting may differ from others in that I tend to read the instructions then pretty much ignore them. Not exactly, but rather than try to achieve a certain stitch count to achieve an exact copy of the original, I'll work with whatever gauge I get naturally then modify the pattern to fit what I am doing. In this way I avoid a lot of frustration. As a famous knitter once said, you are the boss of your knitting. I like feeling that I am in control and that I am creating something unique even though I'm using a recommended pattern yarn and needle.
4: How does my creative process work? This one makes me laugh! I remember a scene in the old "Will & Grace" TV show. Grace was an interior designer who hired a young intern who quickly proved to be more interested in vodka and clothes than in design - but at the beginning of the episode she said "I'd love to get a sense of what your process is." Some years later my sister, who really IS an artist, was visiting. I was making a gift card for someone and asked her to give me a few minutes. She said to go ahead, she would watch me to observe my process. I laughed out loud. I didn't view myself as an artist and didn't realize I had a process. But I guess I do.
In knitting it's a little easier, more straight forward. I start the pattern. If I don't like it I might start over a few times using a different needle size or stitch pattern. If I still don't like it I might eventually rip it out and start on something different.
I haven't mentioned writing. I write whenever I think of something. I completed a novel several years ago but it has not been published. I also wrote a picture book story and just sent it to a publisher a week ago. We'll see if they respond. What's my process? Write when I remember to I guess.
Wow! Even if nobody reads this blog post I feel it was a good exercise. It got me to think about myself in a way I maybe haven't before. If you did read, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought - and like my inspiration I invite you to conduct your own interview!
Quotable quotes; in the category Who Am I To Argue With An Expert?
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Vincent Van Gogh.