Monday, November 19, 2007
Dress Interfacing, 2007
Homage to My First Seeing Instructor, 2007
I’m Elizabeth Youngblood. I am an artist and a designer. As an artist, what I do is draw and also weave, and I think of my weavings in a lot of ways as drawing, at least the ones I’m doing currently. I also have a background of doing clay, as an undergrad. So, all three of those are very much in my sphere. I make a living as a graphic designer, and that’s print design.
Why I do what I do? I think I began making things because it was a conversation between me and the adults that were around me. I learned to sew with my mother and I enjoyed it. I probably enjoyed the companionship as much as anything else. It was fun to learn things, better still it was fun to have the thing after it was made. I also worked with my uncle in his woodshop and I was very comfortable by the time I was a young teenager with running power tools and I always enjoyed again what resulted from the making process. Same thing with clay in high school. I still remember the enjoyment of the first time I filled a mug that I had made with water and it actually worked. So I think that initially as a young person, it was the conversation between myself and an adult. Now making is real interesting to me because it’s more of a conversation with myself and with the materials. And then, if I’m lucky and it gets out there into the real world, it’s a conversation with the people who get it, who appreciate it and understand it, and to whom the work speaks for some reason.