What brings a pint-sized chair, a passel of postcards, pieces of Japanese porcelain, and a print-out of how to create a ‘zine, together on the table? They each represent creative pursuits in progress.
The chair is a blank “canvas” I’m itching to paint with bright colors and fun patterns.
I’ve wanted to put my vintage post card collection in my shop for sale but had no good way to display them, then a friend found a metal rack and it fits them perfectly. I’m going to paint over the old sign that attaches at the top.
The porcelain plates I bought at an estate sale to use when I try kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi): the centuries-old art of repairing broken pottery with gold. The method emphasizes the object’s fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them, often making the repaired piece more beautiful, revitalizing it with a new look and giving it a second life.
But I don’t have any broken pottery, enter these plates. But I can’t bring myself to break these on purpose. Fortunately, the kit I ordered to try this technique came with two plain, small tea cups I’ll break and rejoin. The intact plates will go to my shop for sale.
And last, the zine. I mentioned to a fellow artist the other night I was looking for a way to combine my art with the story behind it, but not necessarily as a novel. She brilliantly suggested making a zine and so here I sort that out. This example is from Austin Kleon and you can access his PDF and instructions here.
There are days devoted to the gathering and noodling rather than the acting and creating. I consider it all necessary for the process. And with that, until tomorrow, I wish you well.