'Wrapped' up in art
Annette Reisbick, this months featured artist at the Spiral Gallery, has advice for artists who lack confidence in their craft.
Get over it, she said, jokingly. But really, try to be confident in your skills, and in your love of what youre doing. It doesnt have to be perfect, it doesnt have to meet somebody elses expectations, just know that its OK.
Reisbick has worked with fiber arts since her early 20s. She didnt immediately consider what she was doing to be art.
It took a while for me to realize that this is art, and not just knitting, she said. I didnt really have a big moment, it was a process. Its been a process.
Her show, Wrapped Again, was featured on First Friday and will remain up for the rest of the month.
Reisbick works with knitting and felting. With felting in particular, she enjoys watching her creations unfold.
Its an amazing process to watch it turn out, she said.
Wrapped Again consists of wall hangings, scarves, hats and other knitted and felted creations.
Reisbicks favorite piece from the show is a sunflower wall hanging.
I made it when I took a class called Its too Pretty to be a Rug on the Floor. Thats supposed to be a rug, but its too pretty, so its a wall hanging, she said.
She thinks that for the most part, she doesnt have a particular process when creating her art.
Sometimes Ill draw pictures beforehand, but mostly Ill just get started, she said. Ill start laying the fiber out and go from there and see what happens. Or Ill just put the yarn together. If it works, it works, if it doesnt, it doesnt.
Sometimes its difficult for Reisbick to walk away from her work.
The hardest part is saying that its good enough, and knowing when to leave it alone and not add anymore, she said.
This is among the reasons she enjoys shows.
My favorite part of shows is being done with everything Ive made, she said. And I enjoy being with people, and answering questions.
Reisbick advises aspiring artists to follow their hearts.
Just keep doing it. If you like it and you enjoy it, keep doing it, she said. Someone will appreciate what you do eventually.
To both new and established artists, she emphasized the importance of diversity.
All of these artists, their styles are all different, she said. It takes all kinds of people to make a world, and were all different.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT