Let me compare painting to sewing. I enjoy both activities. I’ve sewed on production lines and to me that’s neither art or craft, only a job and not fun. Sometimes I sew clothes. I’m following someone else’s instructions but I still have to make a lot of creative decisions, which pattern would work best, which fabrics, for starters. When I paint I’m following the steps I learned in art school. A lot of sewing projects don’t work out and a lot of paintings don’t either.
Sewing can be frustrating, but the more skill you get by practicing the more creative you can get because you know what didn’t work before, just like painting.
It’s all just hand work. When I paint, is my mind in a special place? Yes, it’s in the zone. Sewing can also make you forget the world for a little while. Compare the brainwaves. Is there a big difference? When I paint do I suddenly get enlightened? It’s the thing about using your hands and eyes at the same time to make something. It’s not that painting is on some much higher level of the mind. They’re so close I can’t tell the difference.
Good teachers make a lot of difference. With painting or sewing. They start you on a certain path then you have to spend years working on your own.
If you have enough dexterity to sew you can paint but taking a class can help. It’s not something you’re born with. No one is born knowing how to cut and sew fabrics or how to use a sewing machine and painters have to practice their skills too.
I call myself an artist and in the past I called myself a seamstress. It’s not like I rose to a higher level of being.
As always, feel free to opine. I’m not going to fight and you can’t hurt my feelings. I like to hear what others think on this subject.
Do you remember that episode from the original Star Trek where Kirk and Spock go to a planet with those very highly evolved beings that don’t have a body, they’re only glowing orbs that communicate telepathically and have the power to make things happen through thought? If I recall correctly, they forced Kirk and Spock to fight to the death. It seemed like the big glowing brains were so bored all they did was bet on sports that they forced on other species. One says, ” 100 quatloos on Kirk.” Then another says,” 1000 quatloos on Spock.” etc. Kirk and Spock don’t kill each other and Scotty beams them up. I’m not sure I have all the details right of that episode. It was a long time ago.
Also, a long time ago my husband brought home a Christmas decoration like this. It’s plastic cups with holes punched in the bottoms and lights in the holes. My daughter and I loved the thing. It had programmable lights, so they go through sequences. We called it the Brain and said it was communicating with us. When it flashes we said it’s angry. When it does a slow fade we thought it was at peace. You can just stare at it and it hypnotizes you.
I wonder what ever happened to that brain. I always missed it and wanted to try to make one when I thought of decorating for Christmas. I don’t usually decorate but this year I looked up how to make Christmas decorations out of plastic cups and watched a YouTube video. My first try didn’t work because the cups were the wrong kind of plastic. When I tried to staple them together they broke. Likewise when I tried to drill holes for lights. Then I went to another store and bought the Solo cups and they worked.
Now we have a brand new Brain. When I told my daughter I was making one she said she’ll be happy to see our overlord again.
The tie dye was fun. The shorts were difficult..
This time I cut 3″ off the length of the shirt and cut the fringe 3″ before sewing on the beads. I like this length and it’s more practical with the shorter fringe because it doesn’t get tangled.
The shorts are a polyester linen blend so they’re cooler than my denim shorts, but I had to resew my seams to make it fit right. I used the same pattern that was ok before, but this time it seemed too baggy. Now I want to resew the blue ones I made and then take them apart so I can draw my pattern to fit exactly next time. It will be a big job.
Sewing is more difficult than painting. I don’t understand why “craft” gets less respect than “art”. They’re the same to me. Art and craft both require practice, patience, skill etc. so I wonder why sewing isn’t seen in the same way as an oil painting or a sculpture. No one would doubt YSL is an artist, but is the seamstress who makes her own clothes also considered an artist? I would say yes. The sewing ladies are artists too. And if you have enough dexterity and patience to sew you can also do any kind of painting you like. The more you practice and experiment the better you get at it. Good teachers help. I was lucky to have good sewing teachers and art teachers. When I made that tie dye shirt, I wanted to try to do a flowery motif. I was thinking of making flowers on top of the shirt and green foliage on the lower part, kind of like the YSL dress. This one is my 2nd try to get the flower look with tie dye. The 1st one didn’t come out. I’ll probably throw it away.
I’m ruthless with the things I make. Sometimes I throw away a whole year’s worth of paintings if I decide not to show them again, and I’ll throw away any tie dye that doesn’t look good to me. If I wasn’t that way with my “creations” my apt. would be too crowded.
I’ll try another tie dye.
Meanwhile, here’s some roses for your inspiration.