Friday, March 19, 2010

Bees are coming................

The Bees are coming. Preparing their new home........

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What is an Archetype?

I've been listening to Caroline Myss and her audio book "The Lanquage of Archetypes". I find myself listening more to books these days than actual reading. My eyes are not as good and it is an efficient use of time while I am driving, working in the studio or exercising.

What is an archetype? Someone asked me that the other day when I was talking about my work.

From Wikipedia - An archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype after which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior.

archetypal - representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned; "archetypal patterns"; "she was the prototypal .

So what does this have to do with my work as an artist? I use Archetypal images to create fictional or mythical characters that tell stories.

The shoes I make are not the character but they describe the personality or the behavior of the character that would wear them.