This Diploma of Art and Creativity I’ve enrolled in, the package for distance students arrived and I avidly went through book that accompanies the DVDs. To my dismay there was little there I wanted to do, I’m not really interested in drawing or painting people, landscape, or a still life and these aspects feature heavily. Please don’t misunderstand me, this is not a criticism of the institution and the quality of the materials is great . . . it has nothing to do with that . . . it is their relevance to me. I’m a maker with a primary interest in textiles, a mixed-media person who enjoys exploring the qualities of a material (even paint however I’m not particularly interested in creating representational paintings) Perhaps I should have known better after I left the end-of-year exhibition underwhelmed and disappointed that there was little that interested or intrigued me. Some lovely artwork but the only textile in sight was a piece of hessian stapled in folds, ‘last minute’ to quote the artist, to a wall as an exploration of the fabric’s qualities and that type of installation art just, well it does nothing for me and has little to do with textiles although that was indeed the medium.
There were plenty of forms to fill in and I do hate forms, and, horror of horrors, a questionnaire. I loathe and despise and will resist filling in questionnaires to my last breath. Fill your life in on this form, put yourself in a box on this questionnaire . . . no thanks! So much rebelliousness has surfaced, it’s never far below, and I’ve once again had to stop and look at the driver. I’m the driver, never the passenger, in my life so I need to look at this rebellion surging up with objectivity and talk it through with a friend . . . who fortunately for me rang when she read my mini-rant of an email. In this instance my Inner Rebel has an investment in the things as they are. The Inner Rebel is emotional while the Questioner is objective . . . and I wonder and question a lot!
Now I need to say at the outset that there is no compulsion to use any of the resources I have been sent on DVD and in the supporting book. I can work independently, set my own goals, do the work, record my hours, keep a visual diary or workbook, work through the creative process and send it all to my mentor who will do what good mentors should do . . . give me constructive and supportive feedback based on my goals (which he might have helped me formulate), maybe challenge me, offer some guidance. I’ll need to be accountable for putting in the hours, conducting my own research and arranging and any tuition I might need.
Giving that I will be finding instruction elsewhere, books, courses etc., and the word ‘textiles’ does not feature anywhere in the literature, my question is, is access to a mentor all I’m going to gain from this? It’s not entirely about the money however the fees do represent a return flight to Europe! From New Zealand! The longest distance possible!
Or I need an accountability partner? Someone who has the similar needs, form a reciprocal relationship where we make goals, work to meet them and then report back . . . we’d give each other constructive and supportive feedback, maybe challenge each other, offer some guidance. Hey! Did that sound familiar?
I will have 8 days to become convinced that this Diploma is good value and right for me.