Just Because It’s Useless Doesn’t Mean It’s Worthless: One Art Curator’s Opinion

It’s easy to believe that we do not deserve to spend time on our art or craft or hobby because it is unlikely we will create Art with a capital “A”.

The big Art, the great Art, the iconic everyone-knows-it-when-they-see-it Art. 

But I believe we can’t have whole and happy souls if we are not making the things we are called to make, no matter how frivolous or useless they may seem. Just as Tolkien worried about the time he spent on his “mad hobby”, I worry that time spent in my studio might be spent on better things.

Luke Syson is an art curator who knows and appreciates Art, and who has learned to appreciate art of every shape and kind. Let his insight encourage you to treat your useless art with respect. (For those in a hurry, jump to 03:00 to see the thing that rocked his world and changed his outlook.)

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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