Sunday, July 19, 2009
Oh, the times they are a-changin'
If this was on display at a really great public art gallery, it would probably be cause of outcry in some quarters, and give rise to learned critical acclaim in others. Some would say, "my five year old child would do better then that!", or "how could that pile of old building timber be worth thousands of dollars?"
The building timber installation is the cause of some consternation in this household too. There are those of us who would assert that it is not actually art, or insist that, if it is art, it is not Good Art! The liberating thing is that, art or not, it will in time assist the making of it! You see, the timber is destined to become a large drying rack for freshly made pots. The consternation it has generated is mostly because the drying rack has to go somewhere, and that "Somewhere" has resulted in a complete rethink of how we use more than half of our building. Also that "Somewhere" has been a treasured place, hallowed ground, and that ground is not given up easily, and nor should it!
The Guardian of said "Hallowed Ground", is not an unreasonable force, and, it has to be stated, the change should, in the fullness of time, make possible better things for both of us. You could say that She is moving into the light, and I am going to the Dark Side...of the house that is!
Getting there is chaos. Getting there is painful. Getting there is messy!
And..., take a look at this. This is our bedroom!
We can't get in it anymore as it is full of stuff that needs to go somewhere whilst Somewhere is being created for it! Meantime, we are bedding down on the couch in the living room.
I have been drawing up plans, revising them, revising them again... I am up to the 9th revised standard version, and I think I am now close!
For those of you that may be interested, I use a programme called "Inkscape" for doing plans and all sorts of other useful things. It is great for cards, adverts, posters, you name it! The programme is open source, free, and really great to use.
I am running a Linux operating system, currently pclinuxos http://www.pclinuxos.com, having moved away from Windows several year's ago, but there are versions of Inkscape available for Windows and Mac at http://www.inkscape.org Prior to moving to Inkscape, I used Open Office Draw for similar projects. Open Office Draw is part of the wonderful Open Office office suite which is freely available for Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Mac. http://www.openoffice.org
Just to show I haven't quite forgotten about potting, here are some jug shots! The jugs are some that I currently have got on display at the Stuart Street Potter's Co-operative in Dunedin.