I’m thinking about inspiration and how creativity happens in our intersections (conscious and unconscious) with the “natural world.” There are few things more direct in their ability to shift us out of our normal way of interacting with ourselves, others and the “mother of all mothers,” than when faced with a dramatic change in the weather and landscape. The chemistry of snow, the meteorological fact of snow, pales in comparison to the subtlety, the sublimity of it – the way it can calm and quiet us, and also the way it energizes us and draws us outside to move about in it. Snow is one of those events that invites us, if we are so inclined, to move beyond “looking” and see, feel the deeper significance of a thing. How we actually do that is unique to each of us, yet we also share a cellular memory of that significance and are all supported by it as trees in a forest support each other at the roots (to paraphrase Rumi). When we access the creative process or the result of that process, we are accessing that shared support. Nature. Sun comes up. Snow retreats. Icicles shed their mass. Birds, squirrels, worms and humans all go about their daily activities. Nature is us.
Starting a new round of indigo-dyed cloth for wearable and other work.
Found this #anole outside on my studio window ledge, alas fatally injured and transitioning to dust, vine tendril still wrapped around its leg. I moved it to this leaf to photograph and its color change was even more apparent. Disappeared from the leaf later, presumably still fresh enough to nourish another creature. Assume it is a #greenanole which are now more prevalent here - north of the Georgia fall line - and often slip into my studio for a visit. 🌀
Wall. Images taken, sketches rendered, work made, bits collected. Building energy around new work and keeping the well filled.🌀
Working towards completion of this piece...almost there.
Back home and back to work but still thinking about beautiful Guanajuato, its surrounding wilds, and friends (old and new) there. I have been to this City many times but there is always more to experience, learn, and love. I look forward to returning as soon as I can!
Some views from Guanajuato City 🏼☀️🌸
Between wearable projects, more pigment exploration. Indigo, ink, gold leaf (detail)