At the end of the day, it seems to me that satisfaction and success are dependent on patience - patience with our materials, with our knowledge, and ultimately with ourselves.
—Willow Rector, Winnipeg Visual Artist
Have you ever just wanted to get something finished?
Have you ever been working on your writing, your art, or a home reno, and stopped to daydream about the delectable moment when everything is finally done and you are looking at the finished product for the first time?
And when you open your eyes and look at the project, still unfinished, you sigh?
As a practicing artist, I have that experience at least once a day. But is there another way of thinking that lets us find satisfaction in the process of making something and not just in the end result?
"Blue" Exterior View. Antique brass handbag frame with lapis lazuli closure. Hand embroidery on black linen using polished cotton embroidery floss. Willow Recto. 2010.(William Eakin)
The upcoming exhibition by the Manitoba Craft Council, SLOW CRAFT,
takes the concept of slow art and looks at it in the context of craft.
The show is a beautiful and thoughtful response to an important question: why should we slow down, especially in a world where we are always being encouraged to hurry up?
Here are three reasons to consider:
1/ The beauty of being fully present:
It feels like we never have a minute off, can never really relax, and the detailed beauty of everyday life is lost in the bustle.
In contrast, slow craft encourages us to just stop, look, and be fully present in the moment. So, no more rushing towards the finish line. 2/ The Beauty of Breath:
My grandmother used to tell me that "haste makes waste", and she was right.
When things go well, it is often because we have stopped to do something we all take for granted: just breathe.
At the end of the day, it seems to me that satisfaction and success are dependent on patience - patience with our materials, with our knowledge, and ultimately with ourselves. 3/ The beauty of recycling:
Rather than just keeping it on a dusty shelf, slow craft suggests that used items are valuable precisely because of their past, not in spite of it.
The challenge then becomes one of recognition and transformation. How do we recognize the history of an object while transforming it into something new?
Winnipeg artist Willow Rector (William Eakin)
One of the most beautiful things about slowcraft is that it recycles our need for completion, for a finished product, into joy in the journey.
* * * * * Willow Rector
is a practicing visual artist and a current participant in
the Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) Foundation Mentorship
Program. Her work focuses on mixed media explorations of the
relationship between literary and visual art.
The Manitoba Craft Council's 2012 Juried Exhibition SLOW CRAFT
features work in ceramics, textiles, metal, glass, and mixed media by Manitoba artists Kathleen Black, Pauline Braun, Teresa Burrows, Brook Drabot, Kami Goertz, Steve Grimmer, Takashi Iwasaki, Shawna Munro, Keith Oliver, Willow Rector, Melanie Riggs, Sonja Rosenberg, Elizabeth Roy, Peter Tittenberger, and Karen Wardle.This content is provided by Willow Rector. The views expressed do not express the views of CBC. CBC is
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