The Draycott Arts and Gardens Festival was a great success for me. I sold quite a few mosaiced items and had lots of business cards taken, all my flyers disappeared, hopefully not into a bin outside the venue!
But it did raise some questions for me, at what point do you NOT tell people about your processes? I play around and discover things, possibly not new processes, but inventing my own way of using them. And when people ask the direct question of ‘how do you do that’, I’ve found that I don’t necessarily want to tell them, I want them to keep looking and questioning, not just become involved in a process.
I found that I did not want to reveal too much about my processes. Partly through pride, because I have a pride in the fact that I have a degree in the subject I love and partly resentment. You wouldn’t ask your car mechanic about the exact details of an oil change (well I wouldn’t because I don’t care!) But in discovering the processes of an artist, show that someone likes your work enough to care about how it is made? I need to discover a level I am happy talking about with my work, maybe just sticking to the idea behind the piece and not engaging with any discussion on how it was made.