Re: asking the same question of myself.

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Posted by Theadora on June 28, 2002 at 23:03:33:

In reply to: Originality issues- advice needed posted by Nick on June 27, 2002 at 20:42:04:

So glad you posted that Nick.
Not probably the help you request but...
I have been feeling similarily about my own henna designs lately.
I mean after five years of painting on people variations of many
differnt patterns from vast cultural origions it all is starting to
feel well un-new.
I wonder if its partially because the designs used in henna come
from an ancient languge of patterns? found over and over again in
fabric and rugs and pottery...
We can thread them together in different ways that express our own
sence of style in ways that are kind of original and truly there are
so many words in that cross cultural vocabulary but its really hard
for me to do a paisley in a new way at this point.
I think thats part of the age old delemna of the artist. How to find
a new way. The deconstructionists and the post modern artists came
up with arguments that everything has already been done.
I wish I could still feal like I was unfolding treasures everytime I
tried a new pattern. I loved that the most. I wonder if that means I
am to move onto something new now?
These are just my thoughts and not meant to reflect on you or what
you expressed in your post.
Best of luck to you and please post again as I am most interested
how this evolves for you.

: Reviewing my henna work, i've come to a realization of something
: which i have wondered about for a long time- my work is largely
: unoriginal and borring. I do run of the mill designs. They're
: nothing very new or different.
: So what i need is some sharp criticizm. This is not a call for
: attention! I need you to see that my work really *is* borring, and
: tell me what i can do about it. If you're just going to tell me
: it's not borring, save your energy, because that's not going to
: me and is not what i need in this case.
: So when does a design become "your own?" I have looked at
: designs drawn by others, and re-done them on myself, with slight
: changes... i still don't feel that they're "mine", and they are
: The way i feel, for a design to be your own, it has to have real
: flair to it, something that *you* put there, and obviously so. My
: designs lack that.... help?
: ~Nick, feeling dependant.


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