I’m a big fan of the 5 question interviews, so I asked for one.
1. Who is Wertle? How is Wertle the dragon a part of Lisa the person?
Geez, I didn’t know the first question would be such a hard one! Anyway…
Wertle started out as just a name. It actually originated back in the 5th or 6th grade or so, when a friend of mine was doing an adlibs on the computer. It asked for a name, so she typed w-e-r-t-y across the top of the keyboard, then added l to create Wertyl. I was very taken with the name, and asked if I could have it to use. She said yes, and I changed the spelling a bit to suit me better.
After that, Wertle was a character that I drew and wrote stories about. It was always a dragon (at one point came close to being a gryphon), though the type and gender changed around a bit. By highschool I had solidified Wertle into a standard Western female color-changing dragon, appearing more often than not in a cartoony form.
Since then, Wertle had changed from a mascot to an avatar to a representation of my imaginative self. Dragons have always been important to me, and she does have a strong connection to my spirituality, though my spirituality is a muddlesome explanation that I haven’t been able to formulate properly, so we’ll just leave it to what you know abuot me that is true.
She changes over time. Honestly, I made her a color-changing dragon because, at the time, I couldn’t decide what colors I liked best. Now, however, she’s settled into a certain stable scheme, and I may consider just calling it that (though I haven’t decided, the color-changing bit is a good attribute.)
All in all, Wertle represents things about me I wish to retain, or have misplaced since being younger and wish to gain back. She takes the world in stride, is fairly fearless, and embodies my silly imaginative part.
2. Do you find any sort of transformation or magick in the art of blowing glass?
I don’t know much about magick, but there is definately powerful energy in working with glass. It’s so different from any other medium I’ve worked with. It has so many states and ways of moving, you really have to work *with* the medium, rather than just *work* the medium. It’s such an active thing, like, you have to be actively involved with what you’re doing, and it requires a certain intense sort of focus from me that I rarely experience in anything else. It’s a mesmerizing thing, you can’t control it, you just have to reach a compromise (whoa, that sounded a bit dorky…oh well! ^_^)
3. If you were a series of movements, sounds, shapes, and colours, what would you be?
Movement? Hugs, plain and simple. Anyone whom I’ve befriended in person would probably agree. I like to be an encompassing sort of comfort mechanism.
Sounds is trickier, but I would say the combination of the tree frogs, crickets, and other nighttime critters that make up a summer night chorus in Kentucky. I’ve never really been connected to it consciously before, until I spent this summer up here, where it’s been noticeably different.
Shapes…fractals! Okay, I don’t really know if fractals count as shapes, but that’s my choice. It looks complex to begin with, but then you zoom in and each complexity is more complex, and you zoom in on those and find even *more* complexities, and you keep zooming and finding and zooming and finding until you’re lost from the total shape altogether!
I’ve always had a connection to cool colors…deep blues and purples. It’s just sort of always been like that.
Do you have any serious pet peeves?
Yes. One is loud, imposing noises, like snoring or power tools. They evoke in me inexplicable rage like I have never felt. Working in and around the scene shop this summer has remedied that somewhat, but I still have to wear ear protection (to save my hearing and to save those around me from grinding rage!). Stupid router, it’s the worst, stupid stupid router.
The second is a situation in which a person has a problem with someone, complains about it to no end, makes mean comments and defenses, and yet never talks to the person in question or does ANYTHING to move towards solving the problem.
5. Describe the interior of the perfect room for you.
Hmmmmmm….Lot’s of little levels and shelves to crawl upon and curl up among, drawers to no end for keeping things in, a large, comfortable, accomodating sitting arrangement for guests, a big clear workspace in the middle, windchimes hanging from the ceiling, aaaand…..a firepole, sliding board to the room below, and secret passage. yes.
Fun times! I guess I’ll follow everyone else’s lead. Post here if you want ME to ask YOU 5 questions.