on Yokoo's words

14.8.11

14.8.11
(via etsy)

hoje, através do FB da Yokoo acabei por ler esta entrevista que ela deu ao etsy já há alguns anos atrás.
desde que conheci o trabalho dela que fiquei fã não apenas das suas peças, mas principalmente das imagens que ela cria. o facto de ela usar a sua própria imagem, a de criadora, para apresentar as suas peças de forma tão original, faz com elas ganhem ainda mais 'personalidade' e se destaquem dos demais milhares de trabalhos em crochet que se vendem pela internet fora.
depois desta entrevista e de ler as suas respostas às perguntas 'tradicionais' comecei a perceber o porquê da sua originalidade, ora vejam lá:
(entrevista e foto via etsy)

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I don’t mean to scare anyone here, but, to be honest, I spent a larger part of my childhood preparing for this question. I used to dream of being on Nighttime Talk Shows and having a host lean in and say, “tell everybody about yourself.” My father said that it was the type of question that meant you had finally become someone of note.
Ingrid Bergman was someone of note and would always poise when answering this question. I would poise, too. I would try, but I probably wouldn’t make it far. I would end up jack-laughing throughout the entire first segment. Catching the Giggles. I’d try focusing on the bridge of my nose to keep from laughing. My father said all Nighttime talk show hosts have miniature buttons in their desk to cue commercials when guests weren’t working out so well. I imagine my persona being very button friendly. And it would be pushed.
And there I’d sit. I would have blown it. Now the entire world would join me in knowing that I was not the type of person that entertains such questions. I wasn’t Ingrid Bergman, or Simone De Beauvoir. And I was in nobody’s note. I was Yokoo, and I made scarves, some of which were chunky.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Oh, I imagine I’m just like everyone else. I check pockets. I roll socks . I give tips. I skip pages. I fall asleep. I turn it off. I give directions. I scroll down. I make sure its even. I leave it out. I lock eyes. I write it down. I say thank you. I walk away. I pretend laugh. I for real cry. I say I voted. I wonder if he really loves me.
What first made you want to become an artist?
Strangely enough, artists don’t become. They either are or are something different. I imagine there are people somewhere in the world that see something extraordinary then shrug their shoulders and continue eating or whatever it is that they’re doing.
Sometimes I wish I was capable of being more like this. But artists are jealous enthusiasts. We are privately vain depressants. If we see something admirable, we feel rather overwhelmed to take some sort of action against it. Be it productive or barren.
Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
Well, Im not going to lie to you. A healthy dose of plagiarism never hurt anybody. When that falls flat, I find that taking my consciousness off of the process altogether really allows the problem to figure itself out.
Opening refrigerator doors does wonders for the dormant mind. I would bet that there must be a sort of creative composite in coolant. I find that staring blankly into the back of the refrigerator wall usually releases a couple of pinned ideas to rub softly on the forefront of my head.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Eating-out is one experience I have to be duped into to doing. Not only do I usually find the food less than appetizing, but it lacks intimacy and space. Making supper from scratch for the Mr. and I will forever be some of the fondest memories of being young, creative, and full of love/hope.
Name your top five books, movies, songs/musical groups, and web sites besides Etsy.
Wait a minute, Etsy. Slow down. I don’t even know if you have a last name. Those are some deeply personal questions your asking there, my friend. How about we just deal with movies?
Another Woman, by Woody Allen is like taking a warm bath in honeyed milk. Complete poetry from start to end. If it was foreseeable, I would name my oldest daughter, Another Woman, but then what would that make me?
And then there is another film, Husbands & Wives by Woody Allen. A masterpiece in technique to the trained eye, but a masterpiece nonetheless.
Casablanca and Cool Hand Luke both possess a long lost depiction of vintage American male brawn and sensitivity that is all but “sold-out” by todays standards. It was it ever there at all?
Crimes And Misdemeanors by Woody Allen: “It seems that I have been able to avoid the real world for all these years, but suddenly it has caught up to me.” Yikes!
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
If you don’t take yourself seriously, then neither will I.
What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?
I’m not sure if I would call it a feature, but Etsy is extremely user friendly and clean. The interface is just perfect and everything is so neat and organized. I would love if Etsy could give the seller the option to re-list something automatically just incase you don’t have the time to re-list, Etsy would re-lists your product and you don’t have to worry about loosing a sale.
How do you promote your work?
I haven’t done too much promotion. I post to flickr every so often and the small portion of my contacts and friends at one point or another drift onto my Etsy shop. Bloggers are becoming more critical as things start to take off. And I could never forget Bits-And-Bobbins and the all the Wardrobe-Remix girls, as well.
In ten years I’d like to be…
… I will be on an Etsy Video-Blog smashing a stranger’s digital camera into a hundred pieces at the LAX Airport. All while wearing a Louis Vuitton customized, High School Backpack and Carrera sunglasses."

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