Liminibus : Join the open process. I’ve always shared my working methods because mistakes and accidents lead to better work.
Artists should be brave about their uncertain processes and be open about how they approach them.
I’ve always shared my working methods because mistakes and accidents lead to better work. In some ways my sketchbooks are my process, they were all I had at the beginning.
This blog is an access all areas pass to my studio and my working methods.
My working day is solitary, but it's spent making work that isn't for me but for other people. I don't care if they know anything about me personally, but it doesn't seem sensible to be secretive about how the work arrives in their field of vision. It's the corporate Brands that have to cover their tracks with shiny distractions to conceal their manufacturing process, which often shamefully exploits peoples skills and their environment. If artists want to attract new audiences away from shiny things and box sets we have to stop pretending we are magicians. Don't listen to the Wizard of Oz when he says "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain". Just follow Dorothy :
When I was beginning at this job, at the same time as doing the heavy lifting of bringing up a family, the sketchbook was my studio. The visual ideas have now expanded to fill an actual studio with studies, maquettes, props and other itinerant ideas that aren't ready to swim on their own. My studio feels like the head of a Scottish burn, packed with wriggly baby salmon. They all dutifully head downstream, but I know that most of them won't make it to the big river let alone the ocean. I also know that I will be very lucky if any make it back up to spawn once I've moved out.
I'm proud to be a part of this long process of making. I relish each day's work as a full time professional artist. Just like all the other artists, right back to the people who drew on cave walls with burnt sticks, I'm making something out of nothing and I'm happy to let everybody know exactly what kind of nothing I start off with.
This series of four blogposts are about four key motivators for me : Audience, Process, Materials and Marks. This, the third one, is about about process, it's the point at which you can get involved in the work I do.
The Liminibus project is about being seeking new audiences - my Studio blog is about being open about what I do when you get here. Get on.