I have read some things on blogs lately that have inspired me to start drafting a personal crafting/quilting manifesto just to clarify my own thoughts on what kind of artist I want to be. This is a work in progress and the items are in no particular order.
- I will endeavor to be creative everyday whether that means I spend time at my sewing machine or I take notes in a meeting with a red pen instead of a blue one (crazy!).
- I will refuse any and all labels.
- I will walk my own path and enjoy those times that it intersects or runs parallel with others.
- No chevron!*
- There is no right way as often the “wrong way” is just an innovation that hasn’t become popular yet (I’m talking to you pressed open seams).
- I don’t have to finish it.
- I will share my knowledge.
- I will be open to learning from others and grateful for what they share.
- I will consider my creations art.
- I will credit those who inspired me. (Hello? It’s called ethics!)
- No chevron! (I thought it was worth saying twice.)*
- I am worthy of quality supplies.
- I will use and be inspired by what I find (hello Goodwill!).
- I will try new things.
- I should enjoy the process as much as the outcome.
- I will remind myself that the jerk who mocks me for sewing on my break has nothing to show for his lunch except grease stains and an elevated cholesterol level.
- If I don’t want to, I don’t have to.
- I don’t do alterations. Hem your own pants!
- I will be a good-enoughist.
- It’s meant to be used.
*Let me expand on this thought of “no chevron.” I’m not a big fan of chevron, but beyond that, I’m not a big fan of following trends. That’s what I’m getting at here. This relates very closely to number 3. I’d rather set the trend than follow it. With that said, I’m so over chevron.
Have you ever given thought to a manifesto? What would you add? What would you take off?