Enjoying knitting meditation on this grey Canberra day. I am finding it such a great way to relax whilst sitting with dad who now sleeps most of the time. The fingerless gloves are for my daughter who found this lovely cabled pattern )although I am adding ribbing both ends). If you would like the pattern visit http://cholak.net/delia/IrishHikingWW.pdf .
Great quote, so many of us loose touch with our inner child as we age. As children we love making some type of art – painting, singing, writing, dancing, playing music or making things. But for many of us busy lives take over, people tell us we are or aren’t good enough and other activities take over our spare time.
Through our school years we hear that our picture of a our friends don’t look like them. You start to notice people get excited about your friends singing but not about yours. Creating got stressful, nerve wracking and created the fear of not being good enough.
So here’s what we must do if we want the joy of making art back. We must reclaim our artistic loves –
- because creating is rewarding, fun and calming, all at the same time.
- because it’s spiritual, healing, transformative
- because it will help your physical health by reducing the effects of stress
- because it will make you a kinder, more generous person to be around.
And if there are kids in your life – let them see an adult, happily creating for the joy of it.
I have just come across the lovely work of Polish textile artist Bozena Wojtaszek. Bozena lives in Poland and creates gorgeous art quilts. I love the way she starts with scraps of material to create such beautiful work. She says her quilts are a contemporary way to involve art in everyday life, to let it into our houses, on the tables. Her creations are mostly inspired by the charm of small things and are made to give the same feeling of beauty. I really like the way she uses a mixture of hand and machine sewing in her works.
You can see her at work on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLYCttICZ-I.
Out and about in Melbourne on a lovely sunny Monday visiting #TopDesigns at #MelbourneMuseum. From solar powered vehicles, fashion, food and product design to great photography and work books. The amazing up and coming talent from Victorian high schools. Shame we weren’t offered some of these fantastic subjects when I was at school! I would have loved to try to create anything half as good.