Sometimes it is worth writing something down, even if it references nothing in particular. Chances are that it will reference just about everything, or you wouldn’t have paused to think about it.
I just learned about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with gold seams. Wiki tells me that it is akin to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which embraces the imperfect or flawed. Rather than trying to disguise the repair, it becomes part of the object’s history. Some say that the object is reborn. Others say that its history makes it more beautiful.
This is good news, indeed, for those of us with hearts and souls held together with sticky tape and twine. Never again let us think we are less than perfect.
I have introduced you to UK textile artist, Anthony Stevens, in earlier posts. I am a big fan of his work, even though it diverts me from my path of art discoveries in Canada. It is worth the diversion.
It seems that I am not the only one who admires Anthony’s work – he has been invited to exhibit so much lately, that it would make “professional” artists green with envy. His first big exhibit was in London this past summer (2014), called Prick Your Finger. Here is a link to some photos from that exhibit.
Anthony was invited to exhibit in Frankfurt in September at a group show and micro-residency called Raw Threads. Anthony has written a wonderful piece about the show and it’s worth taking the time to read it. (If you don’t have time to read it, he had a blast and enjoyed the companionship of fellow fabric artists.)
Anthony was also invited to exhibit at a fair in Brighton (UK) in September, with an organization called Outside In. It’s the biggest annual arts show in SE England only a select number of artists were invited to exhibit. And, as if that weren’t enough, he is in a group show next year in London at St. Pancras Hospital Gallery. It’s organized by Sue Kreitzman and will feature textile artists. The world of outsider art is small. You will remember that I wrote about Sue Kreitzman a few months ago. I met her at the Outsider Art Fair in NYC in May and blogged about the incredible universe of art she has created.
All of this is to say that if you haven’t checked out Anthony Stevens yet, now is the time. Contact him at Outside In and buy something before you can’t afford it. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.