Again, another post sparked by a series of emails with a customer and reader of the blog. No details as the specifics are not important, but in the end it came down to the topic of the evolution of ideas, of creating, and remaking an idea into something you can call your own.
This morning I woke up and for some reason the word revolve was in my head. I believe it is because of this conversation with Emily and even a post a few back and a very good comment by Cyndi who said:
I used to attempt to copy a very spiritual artist’s work because her paintings were beautiful, yet seemed so effortless. My work was pretty but unsatisfying. After struggles and deep pain entered my walk, I looked at her work with fresh eyes. It meant far more than brush strokes and technique.
The risk of putting something out there is that we can’t dictate how every individual will experience it. For some it may appear a simple craft to replicate or an effortless painting of pretty mixed colors. The journey stops in mere practice for them. However, the beauty of the connection of the feathers and their place in a greater context is priceless. For all those who may copy your work, you have touched something within them with the desire to create. For others, they may go for a walk on the path less chosen and find feathers and blessing enough to make a pair of wings.”
So, another reminder and thank you to both Cyndi and Emily – teaching and learning are like chickens and eggs.
It appears that I am in a (r)evolving phase in other things as well. It’s left me feeling kind of blue and a little bit deranged. I have lots of work to do and will be updating the shop with some indigo in a few days. Trying to catch the last of the summer indigo…you never know when summer starts and stops around here.
i’m still listening to this one…
Also taking some time is the upcoming silk exhibit in Houston. Here is some information on it:
I’ve never done an exhibit before and am feeling my way through much of it. If it ever happens again, I’ll know what to improve on for sure. It’s not over yet. The folks at Quilts Inc. have been very helpful and supportive as has both Maggie and Katrina. But I feel the pressure for sure. These things all sound good and exciting in the beginning but there is always a point (for me) when I begin w o n d e r i n g . . .but I think it’s pretty well under control now.Phew!
There are many exciting pieces in the show- John Marshall was kind enough to lend this silk shibori piece-
yardage tied and died and shaped into a decorative lobster. likely a wedding gift. and a kimono using the same fabric. thank you John Marshall!!