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I had just cut the word  “clone” out of an old (2003 – can I hoard or WHAT?!) magazine, and as a result of my (ahem!) Studio Practice, A Serendipitous Event Occurred. (Or in non art-wank terms – I work messy, and stuff falls on other stuff.) When it landed on the stamped image it just had to stay – I mean, a stamp is a CLONE, yes? Even when it’s a very cool stamp.

And then while I was thinking about stamps, I noticed that a damaged old stamp would fit really well on this page. (A stamp for a stamp, geddit? Oh, the subtlety!!)

Did I mention that I wandered into a local scrapbooking shop yesterday? Well, not quite wandered, since I had to stop the car and park, but it was a spontaneous decision. The first 10 minutes or so were overwhelming  – so many shiny pretty things! But then once I’d got over my initial shock, it made me very sad.

Because there was all this “pre-made” stuff.  This “copy this exactly and you’ll have ART” stuff.  Now, before any keen scrappers jump down my throat, I’m sure there are LOTS of people who buy “scrapbooking” marketed stuff and make original art with it.  I’ve bought scrapbooking papers to use too (mostly plain ones, I have to admit – the colour ranges are so HUGE!) BUT – that’s not what I’m talking ranting about here.

It’s like the quilters who want to make a quilt out of a magazine or pattern using EXACTLY THE SAME FABRICS in exactly the same positions as the picture.

I JUST DON’T GET IT! I mean, yes, I know all about lack of confidence in one’s own artistic judgement.  I know all about feeling like I shouldn’t be using The Good Stuff when it’s “just” something I’m making. I have art heroes, people I am HUGELY inspired by, whose style I might even try to imitate…


why use someone else’s art?  I just don’t get that.

It may be weird but at least it’s mine….

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  1. Lauri’s avatar

    I agree with you wholeheartedly on this one. I am a crazy quilter. Which means , no patterns, no rules. Anything goes!!
    I am so tired of going to craft shows and contests and seeing the same designs. I have done sane quilts as we call them. But they are not interesting enuigh. All you do is copy some one eles’s patterns .
    Competition with a crazy quilt is almost impossible. All they ever say is that you should have quilted it. Crazy Quilts are not quilted, ever. I guess if we changed the name it might help huh? LOL
    Please don’t get me started on scrapbookers. It is just the hobby of the moment. Just silk flowers and raffia were in the 90’s
    Show me some original art anytime. I can’t do altered art but Ilove it. It is all so personal
    I am so happy to see you are feeling well enough finally to get some creative things going. That always gets the blood going doesn’t it?

    1. Caityquilter’s avatar

      "sane quilts", bwaaa haaa haaaa! It must be sooooooooooooo frustrating to STILL have Crazy Quilting so ignored. You never know, it might become the new knitting…

    2. Annie’s avatar

      So glad to see your having fun creating! Bloody well done!

      Lotsa love Annie

      1. Caityquilter’s avatar

        Thanks much, sweetie! I've forgotten so much that it's all new to me again – wheeeeeeee!

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