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Faking the Rough Draft

(And thanks to archangelbeth for the analogy!)

Art derives from artifice and is inherently artificial. I may want to produce gorgeous authentic journal pages in my sketchbook, but I can't. So I scan the weird little doodles and frantic blatherings in the sketchbook and produce them on the computer, because I grew up on the computer, goddamnit.

And they come out looking like this.


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**nods** Some designs are just universal (though I'm extremely glad that we've updated TP from a sponge on a stick to, well, TP.)

I do medieval reenactment as a hobby and specialize in fabrics and fibers, and one of my favorite things to do when we're putting on demonstrations of medieval crafts for schoolkids is to explain the life-cycle of clothing back then: from a new garment to a hand-me-down to a cut-up garment used to mend or ornament other clothes, and then when it's too worn to be useful anymore to strips of fabric in a jar by the privy or garderobe. Many an archaeologist has rejoiced to find lots of lovely anaerobically-preserved wool samples at the bottom of some medieval manor's outhouse. The explanation never fails to get giggles from the kids, and it's a practical example of a non-throwaway useage.

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