Returning to Tradition

As I create various pieces of art, I am always mindful of how much technology has allowed me to be artistic. While I can always paint on canvas, I can also use various apps on my iPad to draw. This has greatly enhanced how I approach creativity, and it has expanded my options exponentially. In the back of my mind, though, I am always thinking about how traditional art making is still so important to many cultures, and how it provides that luscious tactile experience.

I came across this wonderful article about how one company is taking its ancient craft secrets and using them to advance their product. The crafting discussed in this article is "measured, precise, intricate and thoughtful," the exact words used to describe the focus of the article and her company. Preservation of ancient artifacts and practices is so important to the company as it measures how best to retain those gifts and introduce them in different ways to whole new generations of workers and buyers. You can read the article here:  here:

After reading the article, I started to think more about several batik stamps that I have in my arsenal and how I could put them to use. Hang tight. In a future blog, you'll see just how important they are to a piece of art that I create. Do you have any batik stamps? Share them with us on our Facebook page!

Anne Marie