I've been playing with more brains - working in both new size formats and with some new imagery. My most recent work was very inspired by The Buddha's Brain - which you can browse through at the link below:
And here are the first two pieces in the Mindful Alchemist Series. Fabric collaged brains with improvised embroidery, surrounded by colorful paint. A depiction of the power of our minds to change our thoughts! I'm always working on how to live with the power of positive thinking and both reading the book and working on these pieces were great reminders.
I love this quote by Thomas Edison - "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
I think we often forget that the creative process requires us to try new things and they often don't work out. I've been needing to find another way to talk about this and when I found Edison's quote it was as if I struck the mother lode. That's it exactly! By continuing to try new things, and untested ideas, we are just working our way towards the end goal - the new way of looking, seeing, doing that DOES work. It's a place we can't land on without the stepping stones of failed attempts. The things that don't work are an important and absolutely necessary part of the journey.
Feeling very grateful for friends and fans of my work.
As I reflect on the last year I can share that it's been a wonderful year full of exploration and energy.
I've tried a lot of new things - some of them worked - like my deep dive into fiber art collage and my new belts (LOVE IT!!) and some haven't - like my experimentation with wearable fiber art (sadly, the cuffs are going away now).
I've connected with more people online especially on instagram and on pinterest.
And, I've taken on a Board position with the fabulous Artisans of Western Mass.
I'm looking forward to making more local connections even as I expand my online presence.
Wishing everyone who reads this PEACE, LOVE, JOY & HOPE.
Stay tuned - 2016 promises to be a fabulous year!!
with gratitude - #ilovewhatido
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