I was recently asked to comment by FaveCrafts Blog on my opinion of the subject of quality verses quantity.
This is what I shared:
As a life long student of the arts, I have come to value the role of both quality and quantity. I don’t think it is easy nor wise to simply pick between the two.
Quality is definitely my primary goal, but it can’t be achieved without creating in quantity. Both are certainly expected in my area of expertise.When I am exploring an idea or practicing a new technique, quantity is what makes me a better artist each time. As they say, “practice makes perfect.” However, if you are seeking quality, it isn’t helpful to just keep going and going without stopping every now and then to evaluate the work and the process. This process becomes our teacher and shows us more about quality.There is also a secret that lies underneath the power of quantity and that is there are many unexpected discoveries that will happen along the way. Artists often start out on a project with one direction or idea and may completely change direction several times as they work it out. These little discoveries are the wonderful creative sparks that lead us on to further creation and to push the envelope of possibility.
To see how other artists and crafters responded to this query, click here. Also, you can read my response to the question: Are You a Self-Taught Crafter?