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Am I an Outlaw Artist?

By definition, a true artist is one who breaks the rules, shifts an art form in another direction and makes people think in new ways, all while being true to their artistic vision.

A true artist then is an outlaw because they don't follow the convention of the day.

I think I am a dilettante more than a true artist. At least that is what I've been called because I spend only as much time as I need to get a basic understanding of a craft. I usually will only make 3 or 4 pieces then move on to something else.

I may incorporate some of what I learned in the next craft to catch my interest but sometimes it is years before l use those skills again. The lighted village display I made for my daughter is an example of that. I took what I knew about miniatures, creating scenery then bumped it up a size or two.

The first piece
The second piece




















I have a third piece as well but it needs a bit more work as it doesn't match the image I have in my head and I'm trying to think how I can get the effect I want. If I put it on the back burner for a few months then my brain can work on it while I go ahead with the wall hanging I'm working on this year.

It will follow along with the style of the one above, (though it is a bit simple compared to what I am planning). It will depict the 12 months in colour but the design on top with the fabric will add up to 2,020 bits and pieces. It will symbolise a new decade both for me and for the world, or at least my vision of it.

I have been having a little trouble deciding what the second layer should look like as each square needs to have 168-169 separate parts to add up to the 2,020. Mind 4-6 of that is taken care of by the number of fabrics used to create the block and each bead, button etc counts as one item and depending on the design they add up quickly.

Below is an example of what a block could look like:
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I didn't count how many bits and pieces are on it but I suspect at least 50 and probably a lot more. The design for this one seems to me as if it would be perfect for May or June. That is the other criteria the decorations need to symbolize its month.

Do you have a project for the year? Do you think I'm an outlaw artist?

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