Recently I applied for a grant in my city. The grant was for local artists to fund their practice. I didn't get the grant, but I'm not worried because I know the money is going to come in somehow at some point.
What was great about applying for the grant was getting to talk about my clothes as art. I don't really get to talk about what I make or what goes into what I make. I approach making clothing as if I was making paintings. Unique individual one of a kind pieces. I want people to feel good and empowered when they wear my clothing.
Where the conversation goes with most people, or clients, is merchandise, goods. And that's important to have those conversations where what is produced is looked at a product. But as a creative I feel that the dialogue is unbalanced. In this structure that I'm creating, business needs to be balanced with creativity. I wanna talk about mood, process, energy, and origin. Most of my pieces low-key have a story or narrative. Being a creative in any media requires exploration of spaces. I find it super beneficial to be able to able to talk about the characteristics of new spaces, new territory of the imagination to see if I am headed in the right direction of my intentions.
Writing out how my clothing occurs for me on a creative level was super inspiring and refreshing. It felt good! I've been solo, out of a critique group for a couple of years now. I feel like learning to express what I'm doing, what I'm learning, and what I'm taking on through this blog could open up that creative communication for me. So I'm going to low key commit to opening up and learning how to write this blog. If I dedicate time and keep learning I know I will create a space where I can verbally express myself in a concise, genuine,fluid, expressive, manner. That just sounds like more fun. It sounds like more truth for sharing my vision and growing my vision. Less tunnel vision.