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Old 10-24-2008, 06:18 PM   #1
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Do you consider yourself to be an artist?
I guess this will depend on what everyone's definition of "artist" is. I don't really consider myself to be an artist because I just follow a pattern, KWIM? I don't write patterns, I don't make this stuff up on my own. It's like, I don't consider myself a cook just because I can follow someone else's recipe.
Obviously, as a knitter, I understand how much work and care is put into knitted pieces, so I'm not devaluing it at all. Maybe I'm just not valuing myself enough?
So, do you consider yourself to be an artist? If so, do you "just" knit, or do you write patterns, spin, hand-dye, or any other creative goodness?
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:52 PM   #2
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Most certainly not an artist. I follow patterns when I knit and do cross-stitch. I have no sense of color or style. I like thinks to be symmetrical. I believe my right brain is shriveled such that it is no longer retrievable.
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I also do not consider myself a artist, to me that comes from somewhere deep inside a person. And I am just not that deep!
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Nonsense! Everyone is an artist in some form or fashion. It takes an artist to create something from a piece of yarn/thread and a couple of pointy sticks! Now this is just my opinion, but not everyone can do this and it doesn't matter if you are following a pattern or not. I know, you might not feel creative but YOU ARE!
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:12 PM   #5
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I tell people I'm into the fiber arts as I spin my own yarn. I'm not ultra brave yet as to dye my own but I will take different colors and ply them to make yarn.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:22 PM   #6
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The drive to learn and understand design and color, take you over to creativity.
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Well, I like to think of myself as an artist, but I'm not sure others would agree! I don't create my own patterns, but I do chose the colors and often use different yarns than what the pattern calls for, and I often change the pattern in some way to customize it to my tastes.

I think that is the most fun part for me, choosing the pattern, colors and yarn, because it is such a creative process. I have taken several knitting classes and no matter how many knitters are in that class, you won't find 2 knitted projects that look the same. Our knitting is as individual and unique as we are!
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i wouldnt consider my self an artist ... creative yep... i never follow a pattern i get bored with em easily... but i love looking at pictures of knitted works .. and i get inspired to create my own things ... maybe thats where true artistry comes from inspiration... and i think every knitter or crocheter or spinner gets inspired from there craft... that pushes me to continue at least ... i love to see what can be made from my hands and some yarn ... finishing a project is always super great ... but i like the journey of it all ... fresh ball of yarn favorite needles ... and all that i learn from each project ... still dont want to call my self an artist ... i prefer crafty ...
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I never thought of it before but when I read the question I said to myself, well, sure, of course I'm an artist! Even if I'm "just" knitting (whatever that means!). I've been knitting for about 4 months, self-taught, haven't explored past garter stitch yet. When I look at a pattern or see some nice yarn, I have visions of what I might make of it...colors, sizes, techniques, etc. that I will put together to create something out of 'string and pointy sticks'.

I bet most, if not all, of you have the same visions. And anyway we don't need to call ourselves artists or crafty or anything--labels are for pickle jars! If someone asks, I say "Yes, I knit," and they can do with it what they like, good, bad, or indifferent (hopefully good, but in the end I don't really care). I knit to express myself and to be happy, and if I can share some of that it's a good thing, but not necessary for me.

Having said all that I guess I'll be really happy this weekend--my boss and his wife may have their daughter a month early, and I haven't casted on for her little hat yet! Time to go make some art.

Whatever you are, enjoy it!!
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Not really an artist, however knitting is where I can let my creative side out.
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