This is a guest post from Aradia Goseling of Aradia’s Hand.
“Words have power.”
You’ve heard it. You might have even said it yourself. But the power they have is tricky; they aren’t static things that retain an absolute definition all of the time. While the denotation does not often change, the connotation can range widely.
To one person, a word may evoke power and strength; to another, it can lend itself to feelings of oppression and low self-worth. This digression in meaning of the same word stems from the personal experiences of the people using the word. It’s really a matter of psychology and a very important point to understand when expressing yourself verbally about your art.
Recently, I used the term “scrap” to refer to a set of materials I was using. I’d been using the term since I could remember and I didn’t see the faintest thing wrong with it. Plainly put, scrap is just leftovers – what didn’t get used the first time around. But a dear friend brought up how negative the word sounded. Well, my, isn’t that interesting? It truly never sounded that way to me. In fact, I always loved scraps because they have such “hidden potential”. But there are several practical merits to her point.
- For one, I’m not my market. And you can talk to Laura for more about that. So what I’m willing to pay and what I’m willing to buy and how I make those decisions is irrelevant in terms of my market.
- Another thing, to value something less as an asset (eg materials) because it is left over from something else is to devalue your own work.
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly – it’s not about how I feel, it’s about the feeling I want to convey.
So taking it from that perspective, how do you view your art? Does the language you use support the value it has and the value that you want to convey? Or are you secretly ripping on your own work?
Blessings & Namaste,
Aradia Goseling is a handmade artist who uses a wide range of mediums from fiber to glass. She is always exploring new techniques and enjoys taking you on her creative adventures through her blog. In her spare time, Aradia loves indulging in fantasy novels and writing her own fan fics.