Thanks for popping in. I’ve spent the day mostly alone, drawing and working on lino-cuts. Three done now, one more to go, to complete the set of four I have in mind. Still lots to do. I really love the lino-cutting process. It’s not as easy as it looks, and the most difficult thing for me personally is to keep the design simple – especially since we want to create small two-way overlay stamps with these cuts. Here’s one I did today. When I got to the lower leaves, I wished I had kept it simpler still. But it’s okay; I am learning. I stained the lino with a red Archival inkpad, so I could see what I was cutting away better. My eyes really aren’t what they used to be. But I bet a lot of you are with me there.
Of course, it would be easy – and probably much quicker – to mock up a faux lino-lookalikie on the computer in Adobe Illustrator. But I can tell you now, I won’t do that. It’s not authentic. It’s one thing cleaning the lineart up before you convert the artwork to a stamp, but we certainly won’t “pretend”. Either it’s real, or it’s fake. And at Clarity, we strive to be real. I think you know that. Always have, always will. What on earth would be the point of pretending I can do lino cuts if I can’t?! I’m in love with the process, and I get a real high off improving as I practice. Now why would I want to miss out on that? Like pottery. It’s the process – always the process.
In a world full of fake news, me-too products, copycats and con artists, it is imperative at Clarity that we stay in our arty lane. We may not have built a global crafting empire, but we have certainly made waves in the craft world with our ideas – and I like that.
At Clarity, we have been championing talented artists for decades too: Mel Turner, Cherry Green, Sam Crowe, Linda Williams, Tina Cox, Leonie Pujol, Dee Paramour, Jazz Morgan, Jayne Nestorenko, – the list goes on.
I remember years ago, sitting with Mel in Bretagne, France, when we had taken the Design Team on a little retreat-treat. She and I sitting were sitting in the shade of a sun umbrella, drawing poetry frames. It was an idea we had had, to create frames for beautiful poetry. And I remember her saying to me, “You draw so quickly, Barb! Mine always takes ages!” And my response was, “True, but then again, look at your artwork, then look at mine. Yours is immaculate; mine isn’t!”
Here are those poetry frames. Cor. I remember drawing these together like it was yesterday. Click here to find
And available in Groovi too.
At that point in my life, time was of the essence, so I drew quickly! I did most things quickly. I ate quickly, I walked quickly, I worked quickly – I did Life quickly.
Nowadays, I am more measured, slower, more focussed. And whenever I rush a thing – lino-cutting, pottery – it never goes well, and moreover, I don’t enjoy it. I understand why now. I haven’t relished the process. Mel understood that way before me.
Quote for the day?
Love that quote!! I look forward to showcasing the linocut stamps when they are complete. It’ll be a while yet…
Barb x x x