DIY? Everyone does it themselves.
If I had gone on to college in the 60s, I would have been a different person. Totally. To explain that I would have to say, “even if I had, at the time, had the opportunity to go to college for art, I would have been an accountant.” Art was simply NOT a path presented to me. DIY art was play time. I have four brothers who could have continued their education if they chose to. Shocked? Remember that back in the 60s, “girls” were required to wear a skirt to school and could not have a bank account. As I recall, my path was nurse, teacher or secretary.
“Even if I had, at the time, had the opportunity to go to college for art,
I would have been an accountant.”
I married young and worked my way through office jobs. Again, making art was play time. During those years the term DIY did not exist. DIY was a way of life. Everyone I knew “did it themselves.” I taught myself to sew clothes, coats, swimsuits, drapes and reupholster. I taught myself to refinish furniture and remodel an old house. In the 70s I taught myself how to use a computer: it had a tiny screen and 64K memory. Oh my, did that consume my time. I chased technology for decades. Art? That was still play time.
It wasn’t until the 80s that I had the interest and influence in my life to focus on creativity. Thanks to a graphics industry friend who valued my computer skills, I began writing and creating news copy. I learned a lot from him about the printing industry and creating with words. And still, creating art was play time.
It started with a camera
During those writing years I rewarded myself with a Minolta film camera, many shooting lenses and darkroom equipment. These years were a wonderful experiment in creating images in black and white. There was a time I submitted my work in competitions. Today, film and dark rooms have been replaced by digital images, a computer, Photoshop and inkjets. I am glad I was able to continue DIY-ing to keep pace. And yet, I do miss the film and dark room. There was something so exciting and “hands on” about it.
It all came together
Fifty years of all that do-it-yourself has brought me to creating my DIY art with paint and thread. Do I care that I never had a formal education in art? Sometimes. I see value in learning. Beyond that, I can see that there is still so much to learn and the only way there is to DIY!
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