09:12 Crafty Scribe: During the weekly open air market where I have a booth, I often get inquiries about what I do as an artist. Today's blog is dedicated to giving you highlights about Crafty Scribe the artist. My vendor's booth often focuses mainly on Scribe's Ink: ink/paint making kits, studiocrafted paints, handmade papers and other scribal materials and tools.
I sometimes have time to talk about, as a writer (my main art), that I wanted to create calligraphic copies of my poems and short stories (and have some out as examples) that would be archival, using pigments and ingredients that have stood the test of time and that were also non-toxic.
Photography is another art of mine.
Crafty Scribe began as a writer's exploration of different arts while doing research for the character Scribe in A Wandering Mind ( wanderingmind.com ) [ read the ABOUT page here on CraftyScribe.com . You can see through Scribe's lens via a photo gallery on that website ( wanderingmind.space/gallery ) and also on Instagram ( instagram.com/virtuonaut )
I realize some passersby will expect art (paintings) created with what they see at my vendor's booth. I have a few but not as many as I would like. It's a work in progress to show examples. My main focus this first year has been the kids' art corner where children use the inks and paints in their own way [ people can see the various pigments "in action" so to speak ]
My art focuses more in other areas.
My art is combinatorial. What does that mean? Art for me is never just one thing. One example of my combinatorial art is that each of my photographs is accompanied by a poem that I wrote and that is calligraphically scribed by me. You can check out my photobooth order section here: ( craftyscribe.com/magnify-showcase )
Crafty Scribe is an extension or spin-off of A Wandering Mind. What is A Wandering Mind? Simplified answer is a manuscript in the making. I have published 23 installments of the main story online to date ( wanderingmind.space/intro/ ). Originally, the installments were published on Medium: www.medium.com/@virtuonaut In fact. this is where Parts 14 - 23 are ( not yet on wanderingmind.space ) I began wanderingmind.space about two years ago to create a one-stop shop for all my creative endeavors. It's a passion project in process. I try to carve away at this niche little by little when I have time.
A Wandering Mind is an artist's space: call it Creativity's home. Crafty Scribe's tagline is "Craftiness fuels creativity, which can be used in any field." The main purpose of A Wandering Mind is a creator's log. A record of the keys to creativity. A story about the process from concept to action. I once wrote a short piece about the creative process:
When a mind slips into creative mode, filters fall away. It makes a leap to venture Beyond. From there it wanders, releasing thought droplets that are drawn together by an imaginative, fluid current. As the mind surrenders itself to InnerSight, it begins to project a passage, flowing from private abstraction to public sensation. -"Beyond"
There is an art to designing the space in which that art resides.
Another aspect of my art is web design. What is the best way to present the art online (given the resources I have available to me)? I am always tweaking how things look online - which revolves back to my photography (and editing techniques) and back to my experience as an online educator ( I'm on LinkedIn HERE )
09:44 Crafty Scribe: From ancient hieroglyphs to digital avatars: creativity nowadays does not just involve tactile paintings by artists. These very same artists also need to design how their art appears digitally. In real estate there is a common saying: location, location, location.
In the digital world it is: presentation, presentation, presentation.
We all know those websites that drive us a bit mad: bad design.
It's not just "getting the product/art out there" on my vendor's booth table... As any artist/vendor knows, there's a lot going on behind the scenes. Today that means you also need to have a mirroring of what you do in physical space on the digital plane.
So, if anyone asks me if I have any of my art to sell, I may give you a very simplified answer:
"I am just starting out, but eventually, that is my goal."
Right now, my main art is providing others the tools to make their own art... my way of fostering creativity.
That and working on "getting my art out there." A lot of it is already published / exhibited online. I am working on making that virtual art materialize, as with the photograph that heads this post:
in the Rift
an emerging locus
the (in)distinction of colorful Chaos
in the sinisthereal Nothing?
a wandering curve
in Trickster's blank canvas
This poem is the embodiment of the color BLACK (the first pigment I created)... which also happens to be the pigment I use to make the ink that I calligraphically copy the poem with (and the ink is made with my homemade gum arabic, which I also sell at my vendor's booth). [ read previous Crafty Scribe post ]
I hesitate to explain too much, since I want people to appreciate the photograph by itself or the poem by itself and have each individual have their unique take-aways.
But to illustrate how my art is connected, and how this photograph and also how the poem refer back to A Wandering Mind:
The photograph I selected to accompany "Sinisthereal" has significance. It is a black and white filtered image of a roll of film. Trickster is a character in A Wandering Mind and is a public figure. Whereas Scribe is a writer (and educator) Trickster's art is more media and film-related.
Scribe is Trickster's muse.
A Wandering Mind is an ongoing story that crisscrosses realities: the physical, the digital and the virtual (A Wandering Mind is a sci-fi story about telepathy). Scribe and the other characters met each other first via social media, a few have met in physical space, and the others have only danced around each other on the digital plane - "Indirectly Direct" is a poem that encompasses this concept:
the bruising haze
before the black of space
that light cannot erase
beyond an ecliptic shadow
of a prosaic mosaic
a snail's unwinding
I talk more about "Indirectly Direct" in this previous Crafty Scribe post ( LINK ). It is about the color PURPLE, the second pigment I experimented with.
For those of you familiar with Crafty Scribe's offerings, I offer scrolls of handmade paper and also screenfoldable (and screenfolded) authentic Mayan hu'un paper.
"Indirectly Direct" accompanies this photograph: