History is important, more important is learning from history and using what has happened to make a brighter tomorrow. Two extremely important concepts for establishing and supporting innovation and creation are…( as defined in the dictionary)
a person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson.
a person or company that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods
a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity.
customer, especially a regular one, of a store, restaurant, or theater.
- For the most part the world is filled with corporations. Corporations are the usual backer of the working man. Employing skills and creating… Mass produced but efficient products. Most companies strive to produce easy reliable, products that can be afforded by the average person so that they can sell to the middle to upper class on a national or international level.
- They may buy art but they buy the most beautiful painting once, or the rights to it, and then sell it in the most cost effective manner they can
- They spend millions studying the market and patterns of consumers so the 1% can make trillions.
- This is not art.
- Corporations are not artisans.
- Objects are made to be disposable, furniture lasts one time use. You cant pass it down from generation to generation taking pride in the craftsmanship and quality of the product.
- These objects aren’t original… Some lucky artist… One of thousands or trillions hit the jack pot or its digital media carefully designed through programs that calculate these things…
- But the frame garbage, the paper it will last until it gets wet. It will last until the sun strips it of color.
- Art implies inveatiture in the product, pride in what’s being produced, quality and craft man ship by design and beauty and innovation that will last longer then the latest fad.
- The statue of David, Venus de Milo, the pyramids, churches/stained glass/depictions of gods and saints, these are all great works of art… But if you notice all of these great works of art had rich financial backers or patrons. These individuals helped finance and develop the skills of young proteges and budding artisans so that they could master and develop their skills. Patrons of the arts would commission work to be done and materials were difficult to produce, quality product terribly annoying to create and develop. Creating quality paint that would survive the test of time and hold its color.. Nearly impossible a thousand years ago and trade secrets were extremely guarded (we still dont know how they preserved mummies for example) but science has developed to the point that anyone can afford materials to create their hearts desires.
- If you have a job that pays more then your food and living expenses you can afford basic arts and craft supplies that are good quality, the finest is still expensive… But having the time and ability to hone and develop.
Patrons are necessary to help fund artists on a day to day basis so those amazing beautiful great works of art can be created by today’s community. I am calling on all lovers of art to help fund and revitalize today’s arts community. To integrate art as a part of everyday life.