Matthew Harding's 2010 graduate collection inspired in part
by Naum Gabo's spherical sculpture via Kingdom of Style
So as a continuation of last week's inquiry into studio practice, social media sharing, and the parameters of one's day-to-day creative process, I am continuing to delve into a few long-overlooked topics by examining where art, fiber, textile, and fashion initiatives meaningfully overlap and when and where they should perhaps remain separate.
These thoughts (re) surfaced for me again last week as I began to really assess just how much time I have to do things effectively and with real purpose, and how/why it sometimes might not make sense for me to spend so much time looking at fashion when in the end I am not a designer per se, a fashion theorist, an editor, or an expert on any of these topics.
One might insist that divisions of this sort are truly a thing of the past, but when one really gets down to it, these separate disciplines or labels sometimes also exist for a reason – at least academically or even economically. A fashion designer basically has certain things that they must accomplish in order to stay a float as a name or brand while also preserving the respect of their professional peers as well as a broader, consumer following.
Artists, similarly assess each other's work with a time-tested set of criteria that seems to basically carry over from year to year, regardless of how much one chooses to deviate or throw off the shackles of traditional art world models. Let's face it, the notions of publish or perish, or exhibit or fade away, exist for an often limiting reason.
Detail of work by artist/sculptor, Naum Gabo
With all of this in mind, I guess that I am now in a mode where I am looking to operate in a more spherical manner – with softer boundaries, more pliable dimensions, or via smart collaborative intersections. That said, in the end this sort of evolution makes you neither an artist or fashion thinker, but perhaps just a material poet or a carver of shared aesthetic experiences and much-needed cultural/environmental tools.
Intention is what seems to pull me through space more than any end goals per se. How this will be viewed over time is something that may or may not be fortified by selective social media sharing. And does collaborating in virtual space, in terms of mutual support, have any lasting value? We shall see.