"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." -The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

Please watch this. I saw it a few years ago and it made an impression on me.

Diana Harrison - Victoria and Albert Museum

Here is the most wonderful video of Diane Harrison speaking about her piece in this museum.

Have a seat while I tell you The Story of a Friend

SaramuZ sent to me this most wonderful gift. It came in the mail wrapped with paper and silk cord.
On the back was folded like she does in some of her wonderful handmade artist books, a note. She touches my heart with her unselfish generosity.
Inside this very interesting package is this wonderful art piece called "Have A Seat", which is exactly what I did do, had a seat, while I gazed at the work. I saw beautiful painted background with areas of crumpled magazine graphics showing through the fabric where she stitched and stitched sashiko marks that were placed precisely in this work of art. I photographed this, not so well, I am afraid, but I want to share this with you so I did it anyway.
Next, I brought this to the framer to be framed, and it is now hanging on the wall in my home. It really should be in a gallery, instead.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A welcome back to me

Ok, so here I am in the middle of April. This year Spring slammed us. Winter left in a hurry, within one week every bulb was blooming and the pansy redbud and the dogwood are waving to me their sweet hello.

Along with mega doses of pollen comes the bout of a springtime cold, you know the kind that makes your eyes itch and where you broadcast droplets of virus to anyone within sneezing distance.

I have been in a frenzy of work. It seems that I dropped into the rabbit hole, again.

There is a very big difference between that “Black Hole” and the rabbit hole. I have worked and worked and run myself down. Time has gone by a I am afraid that I am always late for a very important date.

But really, who is counting, certainly not the rabbit.

The shadow puppet show is in two weeks and the children are having the time of their lives. It seems that all is well and is coming together just the way they want it to be. Ideas come forth and break out spontaneously. There is nothing more inspiring than a little child full of newness and delight. Breaking through the barriers of technical difficulties is taxing but not anything impossible to solve. The screen is working, the lights are working, the music is working, and the clapping and acting is a wonder to be seen. The biggest obstacle was in convincing the children that anything they could think of could be done. Well, almost anything.

My work is going well. I have taken a few pieces to the framer. It seems that I will do a talk to students at a nearby university, soon. They want to know. How do you do that? So I am going to tell them.

I will be posting some of my new work on this blog. I am still feeling a bit under the weather. So please readers be patient. I will be back in full force very soon. Hopefully, consistency will be the new motto.

My fourth grade teacher said of me when I was a child that I was consistently inconsistent. It is a chore to live up to that label. I think it is time to get out the washtub to sing and dance, again.


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