Originally Posted by David Reeves
Well I don't think qualifications really matter in Art. Iwas trying to say it's one of those things were you are an Artist or you aren't. It's defies simple explanation like Dandysism.
I did go on about qualifications because Foo likes to grill me on qualifications.
I studied Graphic Arts at Leeds Metropolitan which was the most applied for Graphic design (Graphic Arts is a more current Term) course in Europe at the time. None of us ended doing Graphics hardly. Some freinds of mine became a band called the Kaiser Cheifs, some became party planners and I even know one undertaker.
Incidently Marc Almond was expelled from the same course back in the day for his violent performance art that involved nailing budgies to planks of wood.
I had a great teacher though called Mo Smith. She was in the same class as Ossie Clarke at the Royal College and they were lifetime freinds and Collegues. Sadly she's no longer with us.
First, let me say that's awesome about the Kaiser Chiefs. Second, I think the misunderstanding on this thread is either people talking past each other (easily a top 5 problem on SF) or reading comprehension. It appears to me (and I could be misreading what you wrote) that what you are saying is that you are an artist, you studied art in school, and that you just happen to have chosen tailoring as your field. If your wife chose to be an attorney instead of sculpting, she'd still be an artist, albeit one who practices law for a living.
As a bystander, it certainly seems as though some people are particularly confrontational with you and while I enjoy the banter, the nature of it really says more about the haters than it does about you.
Finally, may I add that I don't consider myself an artist.