I am not a particularly superstitious person. In these turbulent times, however, it is often pleasant to see something(s) as a sign of good things to come… My last travel for teaching was littered with such signs – at least I choose to see it that way – and I thought it might be nice to share them with you.
One of my favorite things about living a creative life is the incredible people that I encounter along the way. The creative community at large is rife with interesting folks, and in the subsets of individual disciplines we are afforded the opportunity to learn from one another on an entirely different level. Whether in the role of teacher or student, new knowledge and connections (just can't seem to escape that notion, can we?) are ours for the asking...
Greetings! Have you ever stopped to consider that the technology that we walk around with everyday is more powerful than the 1st (or 2nd or 3rd) computer that many of us ever owned? It really boggles the mind – my mind, anyway! It is so much more than a phone, and yet it is not quite a replacement for sitting down in front of the computer… I learned the hard way this week that mobility isn’t always everything that it is cracked up to be, but with a few quick work-arounds the job is quite easily dispatched.
For as long as I can recall, there has been a dog in my life… As a child, we often had more than one. During my late teens and early 20s, I was often the “god mother” of a friend or family member’s dog(s) when I was not able to have my own. There has been the odd cat (or three), a handful of gold fish/betas, and the errant rodent (hamster, gerbil, etc.) over the years; my heart has always gravitated toward the canine, though… Last week was a particularly difficult one, as I said good by to my latest canine campanion – the lovely Wito left this world on 6/12/18. She adopted us over 11 years ago, and it seems a great deal more still in this place since she took her leave.
Lately I find that the natural world is informing my creative work more and more. While I cannot clearly express the ‘why’ of this, I am immensely grateful for these ongoing occurrences. It is interesting to me that there doesn’t seem to be a singular theme to this trend – it’s not only references to trees, or water, or birds – it’s the whole of it: the grimy inconveniences and unfortunate turns of the weather along with the Magritte-esque skies and Monet-like moments among the lily pads.
Years ago, before the advent of personal GPS units and Smart Phones, I learned a valuable lesson from the man who would become my husband – which he had learned from his father, a retired Army Special Forces Sgt. Major: Always have three (3) ways to get to and from where ever you are going. At the time, and respective to the issue at hand (primarily, ensuring that you had an alternate route to avoid delay and/or aggravation), it was impactful enough. Over 20 years later, I find that that simple notion has informed virtually every area of my life in one way or another…
OR: The Perfect and Pleasant Premier Pop Up Event
The weather may have been less than ideal but the fine fare, dashing décor, and captivating creativity made for a most splendid day indoors! We welcomed our intrepid Creative Explorers to the tables to explore Notes to Our Future Selves – a trio of mini Studio Sessions featuring: Kintsugi Hearts, Mindful Mandalas, and Found Poetry in a blending of creative expression, words, and colors capturing ideas and moments both real and imagined… Each of our Artist Instructors illuminated this theme in a way that highlighted their primary medium.
It’s hard to believe that it has been 6 months of Thankful Thursday goodness, but it has! In that time, we have shared our gratitude for people, places, and things that bring us happiness. It has been a wonderful reminder to seek that which brings the good, lightens the load, and acknowledge that which makes our paths a little easier to travel.
One of the distinctive beauties of being an artist is the serendipitous nature of collaboration or partnership involved in what is, in the main, a solitary venture. While we often work in solitude, the artist is never wholly ‘alone’ in their endeavors.
Lately, I have had much cause to revel over and reflect upon the wonder that is Connection. Whether observed as an amalgamation (aka: combination, blending, unification), or a coalition (alliance, confederation, league, society), or an agreement (harmony, accord, unity) it typically denotes a beneficial union…
This past weekend, I had the honor of making a birthday wish come true for a fellow CMMAG member and lovely friend. She approached me last year, after receiving one of my postcards at a workshop, about putting something special together for her birthday. After learning more about her interests *beyond making books* we decided on “An Introduction to Metal Working.” The idea being a finished piece that encompassed all of the learning of the day – a “charm bracelet of techniques” if you will.
The past two weeks have provided ready reminders for much of which I am grateful, not the least of which the sense of completeness that has ensconced the happenings here at Your Creative Connection! We are now a solid TRIO for all of the wonderment that is our October gathering at Haw River State Park (10/11-10/15, 2018). This addition comes with some glorious strings attached as our Special Guest Artist for Haw River ’18 is *among many other things* an incredible fiber artist!