Showing posts from February, 2015

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur.

Key extracts from insightful article by William Deresiewicz:

"Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? 
As art was institutionalized, so, inevitably, was the artist. The genius became the professional. 
The institutions that have undergirded the existing system are contracting or disintegrating. Professors are becoming adjuncts. Employees are becoming independent contractors (or unpaid interns). Everyone is in a budget squeeze: downsizing, outsourcing, merging, or collapsing. 
Still, it also is an opportunity. The push of institutional disintegration has coincided with the pull of new technology. 
The Internet enables you to promote, sell, and deliver directly to the user, and to do so in ways that allow you to compete with corporations and institutions, which previously had a virtual monopoly on marketing a…

goldfield grave digging and more...

Copy of a immigrant's 1864 letter to his mother and son:  goldfield grave digging and more... *

"JUNE 16 1864

Dear Mother & Friends,
We are very anxious to hear from you, as yet we have not heard from any one in England. I wrote to you 4 months ago, also to Ben and to Mr Jenkins my late shop mate at Hill & Sons.
I have sent by the same mail as this, an order for 5 pounds for our dear boy and much regret not having been able to send any before.

 It is made payable to Mary Hay and sent by William Hay but when you write to us please direct for W. E. Hay as there is a W. Hay here and I had one of his letters delivered to me in mistake 
 you may judge my disappointment when I opened it. 
 The order is made payable at the Office, Tottenham ( ? ) Road. 
 should they ask my address it is Wilsons Gardens, Tuam St, High Street, Christ Church. 
 I regret to say that things in general are not as promising as when I last wrote to you
 there are so many ship loads of emigrants comi…

Welcome to my (studio) World.

Just for Western Australians

This is just for Western Australians.

Up to now, institutions and groups have organised all my dozens of previous paper clay workshops.

I've never organised it myself.

However you keep asking for an inside view of my studio and methods.

So, as my studio classes are full and technology has changed, I've done it!

I now offer, open to the public, paper clay workshop in my Perth studio.

These are small workshop, of about 6 people.

Welcome to my studio!

Note: if you miss out on a workshop, click on the "Wait List" button on the top right hand side of the course page.  You can register your interest, and you will receive an immediate email when I post the next workshop.  Plus it'll give me an indication of all your interest and preferred frequency.

Of course, you will still be able to find my other workshops organised by others here.

All the best, wishing you a happy and creative future.