As it was through following each other’s blogs that Gina and I first met, it seemed appropriate to take a closer look at our blogs and our blogging habits.
We look back at our reasons for starting a blog and what we were writing then, compared with our reasons for continuing, and what we are writing now. We also discuss whether there’s even still a place for blogs within how we communicate as artists, and talk about how we decide what’s appropriate for sharing in a blog, compared to what we may or may not share on other social media platforms. Finally, we consider the sometimes tricky question of knowing when, how and if to say something, and when to stay schtum – something we don’t always get right!
Also mentioned in this episode:
One of her favourite artists discovered through the programme is Artist Kayoon Anderson
As you know, if you’re reading this, I started a new blog here a few months ago. I’m still working my way towards posting regularly, and aim to intersperse notes from the podcast with updates from my studio. You can sign up to my newsletter, too, for a monthly(ish) roundup of my recent blog posts as well as other interesting bits and pieces I find that I think you may enjoy. If you’re interested in a look back to how I started, you can still find my old blog here.
This book was the original inspiration for Gina to start her blog: The Crafter’s Companion
I have been playing with some Automatic drawing – although not quite like the surrealists did, more just having a doodle and a play with pens and paint in a very random way! It’s part of a sketchbook course that I’m taking, which will lead onto a textiles course in a few weeks’ time. Stay tuned to my Instagram and Facebook to see what I do next! Suffice to say, I’m really enjoying it – and ideas are starting to spark – something I have struggled with recently.
Finally, as I always used to mention recipes in my old blog, I’ll leave you with Nigel Slater’s chard & feta tart recipe – it’s easy, quick and delicious, and a good use for that bunch of chard in the veg box! You can find it in his book Kitchen Diaries II (p378) and this fabulous quote that Gina found:
“Art isn’t always about having something to say, sometimes it’s about doing something and seeing what happens”Anish Kapoor
Which is exactly what we’re both doing, every day! Try it – you may surprise yourself.