Saturday, July 3, 2010

Self taught has got a teacher

When I was caught by felt few years ago, I started studying and experimenting with it on my own, going deeper and deeper into this archaic textile from point 0. Joy of discovery has been one of the greatest stimulus for experiments (even if it was the same as inventing a bicycle :) ). I think from one point I might be even proud that I am a self taught, that I managed to “domesticate” this technique by myself and little by little learnt to express myself through it.

But like in every other field, at some points of development a human needs a teacher (directly and literally). And it’s not actually about techniques and skills, I know that, it’s about personal development of your creativity, expression, relating, growing, moving forward, getting feedback, or even hearing your own thought aloud, tracing your artistic self and identity… And if I said I “might” be proud that I am a self taught, then I can definitely say that I AM for sure proud that my one and only teacher was Claudy Jongstra.

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Thank You, Claudy, for all you gave to me. And You gave a lot!

 

I won’t show you everything I made during the workshop yet, just a glimpse, hope you enjoy.

 

myfelt copy

 

 

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Nuo pat to momento, kai susidūriau su veltiniu, atradinėjau, eksperimentavau, gilinausi, grimzdau į jį pati, niekieno nemokoma. Atradimo džiaugsmas visuomet būdavo vienas iš stipriausių stimulų suvokti šią archaišką tekstilę giliau ir giliau. (Net jei tai buvo dviračio išradinėjimas :) ) Galbūt galėčiau pasakyti, jog galėčiau didžiuotis, jog prisijaukinau šią techniką pati, po truputį mokydamasi ja išreikšti save.

Visgi kaip ir visur kitur gyvenime, augant ir vystantis, žmogus atsiduria tokiuose etapuose, kuomet jam reikalingas mokytojas (tiesiogine ir perkeltine prasmėmis). Ir tai nėra susiję su technikomis, įgūdžiais, juos galima perkąsti patiems. Tai susiję su asmeninio kūrybingumo ugdymu, išraiška, augimu, atspindėjimu, judėjimu pirmyn, atgalinio ryšio gavimu ar net savo paties minčių klausymu garsiai kažkieno kito lūpose, savo kūrybinio “aš” ir identiteto apčiuopimu.

Rašiau, jog “galbūt” galėčiau didžiuotis, jog viską išmokau pati, bet aš TIKRAI galiu pasakyti, jog didžiuojuosi, jog mano viena ir vienintelė mokytoja tapo Claudy Jongstra.

Ačiū, Claudy, už viską, ką man davei. O davei tikrai labai daug!

 

Dar neparodysiu visų darbų, kuriuos dariau studijoje su Claudy Jongstra, bet tikiuosi, jog šis mažas žvilgtelėjimas pro rakto skylutę jums patiks.

4 comments:

GabaPir Fieltro said...

Your work is so beautiful!!!!!! Vilte!!!!! Congrats!!

Arlenesfelt said...

I too am a product of the same school as you. I have learned most of my felting techniques from my own work and experimenting, but credit one particular teacher, Fiona Wright, as the one who cracked it all open for me. Partly, as you stated, for the technique she taught, but even more so for her approach to the work and encouragement to try everything at least once. Excellent post! Thanks.

Vilte said...

Thank you!
Arlene, glad to meet someone with similar experience. That's exactly what I meant - approach to the work, encouragement and everything else.. Actually definitely not techniques, maybe I expressed myself wrong, but I meant that I never went to Claudy's workshop for learning techniques - I had already figured that myself and I am not interested in techniques, that actually doesn't make you grow.. it's that "everything else" that makes, doesn't it? thank you for sharing!

elisvermeulen said...

As you know I am self thaught too, but also went to a workshop by Claudy Jongstra a couple of years back. A good experience indeed :)I really enjoyed working with all the different materials she brought.

Great photo's, looking forward to see what you will do with the new info.

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