Developing work - Easter Holiday


Mark Baker

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Easter is upon us and I have received a lot of correspondence about what people are hoping to do over the bank holiday. The number one comment is that people hope they have time in the workshop making things. Oh, and spending time with the family. Regarding the making of things, do send me pictures. I would love to see what you make. I find it a real privilege to see so many wonderful and diverse things that are created.


The boundaries are ever being pushed and stretched as people explore new ideas and integrate other disciplines into their work. This is how things evolve and also challenge people to think about things and explore further. I know that everyone, to a greater or lesser extent, makes a value call as to whether they like something or not and this is all part of the thinking and exploring the process.


It is a given that not everyone will like what they see, but we all experiment with what we make and explore. I have yet to see anyone stay still and not develop if they are in the creative arts or crafts. We find an area we like or concepts and we run with them and see what we can do and where we end up. Often what we end up with is totally different to what we intended and I find that quite wonderful. I readily admit that as I develop my work and ideas, not all of them result in success. That said, I always learn something from it. The monetary costs of the mistakes I have made are, at times, painful, but the experience gained is invaluable.


I count myself lucky that I am able to work with my hands and that I am able to find the time, albeit not as much as I would like, to create things. It is always a balancing act time wise. We all have pressures on our time and it is never easy resolving them to everyone’s satisfaction. But, it is universally agreed that some time in the workshop is better than none and that when we get in there, we have some fun and scratch that creative itch.


If you get frustrated with your attempts and your development, stop what you are doing and take a look at a piece of work you made a year ago, then one form two years back and so on. You will see that you have improved no end. But, as we develop we become more critical of what we achieve and the learning curve of ever more refinement of what we do and how we see things and what we want to achieve is slower than the initial starting to learn the basics. Refinement takes time and I have to admit that I have yet to make a piece that I am 100% happy with. I can say that a certain piece is the best I have made to date, but there is always room for refinement. The day that I think I have made something I am truly happy with is probably the day I will stop. I cannot see that day happening to be honest. I know that there is always room for improvement.


Whatever you are doing this Easter; I hope you have some fun and time to do what you want to.


Have a great holiday,



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