Saturday, January 20, 2007
Art from a Nut!
I've gotten a few emails asking about the meaning of the acorn I use (you can see it in the backround wallpaper of this blog, for example). It also appears on various marketing pieces for my workshops, as well as my business card and stationary. Here's the skinny:
I have been involved with printmaking in one form or another of for over 30 years. A caché of the printmaker is the chop. A chop is a unique mark signifying that a print is approved by the artist/printmaker. It is commonly applied to a print as a blind emboss—a raised graphic without the addition of color. The mark can be anything as long as it is unique. It usually has a personal reference contained within it. I thought long and hard about a mark that would be indicative of my personality as well as provide a unique graphic element.
I was on a daily run through the woods along a favorite trail one day, thinking about a unique symbol when I noticed several acorns laying on the ground nearby. Then it hit me: an acorn! It is an element in my daily life, plus it has the metaphorical association of something large growing from a small beginning—from little acorns mighty oak trees grow. Like creative ideas.
The other thing I like about it is that it also means: Art from a Nut: me!
Posted by John Derry at 1:59 PM