… in the face of all the negative talk i hear going on around me do i feel particularly optimistic? part of it is just me. you can’t be in biz for yourself for any length of time if you are going to be negative. it just doesn’t work that way. for me, being self employed is a lesson in moving forward. all the time, every day, in some small way.
i’m working in the studio dyeing all sorts of new ribbon colors, putting together shibori ribbon flower pins, polewrapping pocket squares and more.
i’m attributing it to color.
just having so much intense color swirling around me all day is a very mood elevating experience. the colors make me feel alive and stimulate my creative thought.
yesterday, spurred on by this mood i gave myself permission to sidetrack myself and experiment with an idea i’ve had for a new dyeing technique using the Colorhue dyes. it is amazingly simple and effective-funny even in it’s simplicity. when i showed it to my friend gail to get her reaction she said….”some people might say that all you do all day is play around”.
that was exactly what i wanted to hear. i have been looking to create a technique that had that playful quality to it. something fun that i could bring to a workshop, teach online, or demonstrate in my booth that would make people laugh and lift their spirits. something unexpected. it’s kind of a take off on shibori and of course related to it in a way but unlike stitched or wrapped shibori it provides almost instant gratification and seriously, anyone can do it with good results.
and in the coming months, i think we’ll all be looking for a little a dose of fun and levity.
so, now i have another project on my list….to write the instructions and put together a video for it.
you’ll have to wait a bit until i get some photos and the short video of the process shot.
i heard something yesterday that really rang true to me. i only caught the tail end of the conversation on KCRW (an NPR program i think) and the person being interviewed said, ” We can’t talk our way out of something we behaved our way into.” he made it sound so simple.
We have to behave our way out of it in order to reestablish a level of trust that will allow us to go forward. one step at a time.
back to the color thing…
i’m not one who believes in chromotherapy but i do know that color plays a role in so many of our day to day activities and we make many daily decisions based on color. check out this great link to explore why color matters.
i’ll leave you with a little color therapy of your own…….