Wednesday, April 12, 2006

What it means to be an artist

It's something that faces many individuals, the issue of materials used, pride in work, originality and supporting others who are also individuals.

There is a huge problem now of Chinese imports overtaking many niche markets that were the income for individual artists. Now's the time to search out these individuals and make sure you know your sources for art and adornment.

Here's a blog about artists of the Karen Hill tribes. Projects to help them become self-sustaining and make their own art rather than turning to such things as opium production have been assisted by people such as Shiana. Here's their blog on the art and the people. Yes, it's commercial as they sell what they make. But it's what they make and how that is important, and why.