Art is both PERFECT and imperfect

Posted on | October 15, 2011 | 15 Comments


Susan Lenart Kazmer

Book of Dreams - Art Sistas

Website and Blog: Rosa & Josie’s

Medium: mixed media jewelry artist

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Susan Lenart Kazmer

Cuff of Intention

Q: If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have not mastered), what would it be?

A: I believe polymer clay could be a fun medium to explore.

Q: What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?

A: I actually have two: Miriam Haskell and Georgia O’Keeffe. I love Miriam Haskell’s use of “hand-picked” baroque pearls, rhinestones and filigree. I often use pieces of her timeless costume jewelry in many of my designs today. I have always been mesmerized by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “point of view” expressed in her minimalistic style of painting.

Susan Lenart Kazmer

My Path...

Q: What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?

A: More than any other bit of information, I share with my students, is that imperfection is required. There are NO mistakes. Mistakes will often take you in a direction you may not have ever taken. Art is both imperfect and perfect at the same time. I believe I give my students the freedom to learn to let go, and to embrace imperfection. I, myself, have Anne Grgich to thank for that!

Q:What adornment could you not go without?

A: My wedding ring.

Susan Lenart Kazmer


Q: What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?

A: My chain nose pliers, ball peen hammer, bench block, vintage rhinestones, and my computer (of course =)



15 Responses to “Art is both PERFECT and imperfect”

  1. Chris Kerr
    October 15th, 2011 @ 08:39

    Diane’s teaching and work shows such a dedication to vintage-y beauty, creativity and an outpouring of love. What a great post!

  2. diane cook
    October 16th, 2011 @ 08:05

    Hugs to you Chris =)) ♥

  3. cat kerr
    October 15th, 2011 @ 10:34

    Thankful to get a peak inside this beautiful and creative soul.

  4. diane cook
    October 16th, 2011 @ 08:06

    Cat you are such a sweetie….I feel so blessed to be able to share =) xo

  5. Cindy Cima Edwards
    October 15th, 2011 @ 13:43

    I do love Diane’s style!

  6. diane cook
    October 16th, 2011 @ 08:04

    Thanks Cindy =))

  7. Seth
    October 15th, 2011 @ 15:44

    Great to read more about you Diane. And what funny timing – I just was emailing somebody about the value of mistakes in art.

  8. diane cook
    October 16th, 2011 @ 08:04

    I embrace it Seth. It has “freed” me from ties that have “bound” me! I hope to spread the “word” as much as possible….

  9. Linda Lynch
    October 15th, 2011 @ 22:15

    I follow Diane Cook’s work through her blog and her work is amazing. I would love the opportunity to be able to take one of her classes. Her work is very inspiring.

  10. diane cook
    October 16th, 2011 @ 08:02

    Thanks Linda! I would love to have you in any one of my classes! But, if you can’t get to one of the retreats, I just added information on my blog about Artful Gathering, a summer online class =)

  11. Kanesha Fune
    October 16th, 2011 @ 05:17

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..extra wait .. …

  12. diane cook
    October 16th, 2011 @ 08:06

    Thanks Kanesha =))

  13. Sheron
    October 25th, 2011 @ 10:51

    I would really like to say thanks such a lot of for the work you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same most reliable work from you down the road also.

  14. Denise Petersen
    October 31st, 2011 @ 03:38

    I am inspired by Dianes work. I believe that imperfection is what make art original. If we all created everything perfect than it would be a boring world. I hope to get the opportunity to take one on Dianes classes.

  15. Alana
    March 20th, 2012 @ 08:14

    good work done by the blogger, keep up the work going.


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