I often find inspiration everywhere. I love hearing of other people’s art, creative projects, skills, passions. Whenever possible we try to support local artists/craftsmen/business owners…to take part in their story. Over the past few weeks I stumbled upon a wonderful article, about a thoroughly fascinating woman named Adele Stafford. She happens to be a weaver, as many fascinating women are, so I wanted to learn more about her projects and story. That trail led me here….
Which led me here…
and then to this…
This is a great book for many reasons. The first of which is the clarification or reminder that the only thing that has really been holding me back from moving forward are my own fears. I think mainly the fear of failure. Of spending family resources (see time, energy, money) on my dream that may or may not pan out. The “what if’s” of life have become a huge dragon of resistance for me (Thank you, Steven Pressfield).
So, here is to slaying that dragon, and living as myself… instead of just dreaming it.
Here are a few projects from 2014. The first is of the herringbone towels that were my first “get to know you” project on my loom. The second is a indigo dyed wool/silk scarf/shawl for my daughter.
Happy New Year!
Over the past week I have been reading the book Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World by Catherine E. McKinley. I have enjoyed this book not only because I too carry a brightly burning torch for the color blue, but because it was a reminder to me of how cloth and textiles connect us. Every society in every corner of the world has a relationship with cloth. Our own processes and specialties; our own living connection.
One reason I love to weave and work with cloth is I have always felt doing so was participating in a continuum. I am doing work that has been done by others for centuries all over the world. I am part of them and they are part of me. This is both empowering and humbling at the same time. I aim to “master” an art where in which there is nothing new under the sun. Even those who believe they have invented something new later find it has been done before centuries before. I am empowered because I am not alone, in a sense I am part of a tribe, a group. In this tribe there is much to inspire and strive towards. I admire how from every environment people have taken the natural resources and developed their own cloth, patterns and colors. I admire how cloth is part of ceremony and softens homes.
I appreciate the contribution Catherine McKinley has made to continue the discussion of color and cloth.