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With Gratitude: My Inspiration

This week’s inspiration came from Kori at http://ecotonethreads.com .

Her work makes me giddy. It is so fresh and authentic. Most importantly, it served as a crucial reminder for me to find my own strong voice. My own work.

Part of the process I have been going through is trying to figure out a business model. What do I make? What is special/appealing/unique/of value about that? Is this an item I can find a market for? How much time/money will it take me to produce these items? How much will I sell these for? How much can I sell them for? Blah, blah, blah.

Some of these questions lead me to another: Am I making choices based on what I think I can sell/others will value? Well of course, in some ways I have too, but I don’t have to sell out. If I am truly meant to be a weaver than I was meant to be myself as a weaver. Do my own work. Make my own statement. Contribute in a different way, even if that leads me to a place of vulnerability.

I have to become better aquainted with vulnerability. Being true to who I am meant to be and to contribute what I am meant to is uncomfortable and scary. Putting ourselves out there honestly is risking failure, being misunderstood, not understood. What if other’s don’t find my contribution valuable?

Do I have a choice?

No! There is no substitute. I reject mediocrity. I reject fear as a decision making tool. I must be who I am meant to be. Even if in the end it means failing beautifully. I must trust.

-B

It has been a colorful week:

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Inspiration Everywhere

One of my favorite things about the internet is the opportunity to look at the beautiful work and designs of others. I love looking at blogs to find inspiration. Actually, I find inspiration everywhere; whether in books or magazines, the color of someones shirt or jacket, the way the sun hits the grass and trees just so, the weight of a fork and how it fits in my hand. I am constantly making a mental list of all these things.

Ideally, I would capture these ideas better for future use. I need to begin to take snapshots of inspiring images,  clip out or save pictures and articles to add  to my Art journal. As it is, sadly, the inspiration is lost in the rest of the onslaught of information for the day. Only a trace or shadow is left.

The other side to this coin, as always, is time. The purposefulness necessary to capture these moments takes time and energy. And as with everything else that requires the same two resources there are trade offs and priorities to decide. For example, if I am reading blogs. . .I am not weaving etc. . .

I am beginning to better understand the conflict many artists feel between doing the business of Art and the connecting with people, in person or say through a blog, and having time to create. You do get jealous for the undisturbed creative time, even if you can justify the need for the other.

I have an experimental plan for this conflict which I will share soon as well as links to my favorite blogs.

Have a great Week 2 of 2012.

B

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Happy New Year!

For Christmas this year I received  the DVD set for one of my favorite programs. Craft in America, is a wonderful PBS special highlighting the importance of Artisans and Craft in the United States. This is one of the most inspiring programs I have ever watched. I find it amazing how different people have mastered skills and then made them their own; found their own voice and message in their creations.  It also reaffirms for me that it is possible to have your passion for creating beautiful things be what you do to win your bread.  That is not to ignore that it is  extremely difficult to do so, but just to say it is being done.

I find lately that as I am working on learning design software and other projects, even this blog, I find myself jealous of the time. It usually goes something like this. . .”If I wasn’t doing this lesson I could be weaving. . . dreaming up a new indigo dye project. . . etc.” My real and pull is to the textiles. Though I must admit, the skills I learn will come in handy for me and others. Who doesn’t need to know how to communicate better; to be able to create the picture you see in your mind. Certainly, I do!

So lately I view my graphic/web design education in light of the skills I would need to promote my Art,  communicate vision and educate others.

I also know my future and voice lies somewhere in a mix of the things I love weaving, color, indigo and typography.

Happy New Year!

Bobbi

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