The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .
I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care. Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well. So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents. This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!
Last week I was in sunny downtown London... Ontario that is. Sunfest. Ah yes... a wonderful place to be if you're a music lover. What kind of music you ask.. all kinds... Salsa from Puerto Rico to Cumbia from Columbia and Reggae to brass from Rumania --- and let's not forget the jazz stage. Yummy.
Normally at an event like this I would take tons of photos, but I just didn't have it in me. I had badly twisted my ankle and broken a toe so moving back and forth thru crowds of 200,000 or more seemed like a recipe for disaster. None the less, I met some wonderful folks, saw some old friends, soaked up some glorious sun and did I mention the music?? OMG.. it was so wonderful.
Here's a short video of the sights and sounds from my week at Sunfest:
So again, you may be wondering... how the heck does this relate to recycling! Well never fear, I found some treasures to add to the recycle fabric pile. Let's see what I can do with these:
It's funny how the Universe works. Someone I have worked with for over a decade left for another job. I was not happy... one, to lose contact with someone I had grown close to and two, not looking forward to breaking in a new business contact.
Well, in the infinite wisdom of the Universe, my new contact has the same history as me; the mom that demanded a perfection that could never be attained no matter how many ways I tried. I loved my mom and she loved me. I know that....and she was so fab in so many ways, but her need to demand perfection in me was really just a means of ignoring her own issues. Sometimes it was really challenging and always effected (or stifled) my creativity...
Well, I think we, my new friend and I that is.... we were brought together to help each other overcome these voices in our heads...either the voices of others and/or our own negative scripts that have played over and over for years and years. I am clearly farther along in the process, but can always use another person on my side.... and hopefully thru my experiences she will overcome her voices much more quickly than I did.... at least that's what I hope for her. Too much time can pass otherwise, then the challenge seems unattainable.
Don't you find it amazing that when we most need something, it seems to end up right in front of us... in one way or another... well it's true... just look...
I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started this blog... didn't know what direction it would take or if I'd even want to do for any length of time. And I don't blog regularly either, tho I do try. Sometimes, time is a challenge in itself.
Well, I am so happy that I ventured into this new territory because I have 'met' some great folks along the way, learned lots of new things, gotten some positive feedback on my work, made some treasured friendships, tried some new creative techniques and challenged myself in ways I never thought I would or could.... so it's not true at all... you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
I'm living proof!
While working on my own and fiddling around on the Internet, I've stumbled across too many really cool blogs in the late night hours. There are way too many to list, but here are a handful that draw me in (in complete random order):
I stumbled across a really cool blog one day, Gallo Organico.
After investigating it, I found a post about an online summertime photographic scavenger hunt that was just getting started. I love to take pix and was intrigued, so of course I'm going to participate!
Here is my first offering, # 13 (a fence) ~
Below is a list of photos to come.... 1. Open air market 2. Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater) 3. City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building 4. Airplane 5. A sunset 6. Someone or something taking a nap 7. A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny 8. A tower 9. A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong 10. A bench that is outside 11. An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc. 12. A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see) 13. A fence 14. A stained glass object or a mosaic 15. A fire truck or police car 16. A windmill 17. Candle(s) 18. Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop 19. A fisherman 20. A dinosaur 21. A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item) Bonus/substitute
items: A person wearing an outfit (or item of clothing) that symbolizes your country A sundial