24 August 2007

I want to thank Peg in South Carolina, Marguerite, Helen,Tracy, fruitbat, Casy, coral-seas, Danielle, Diane, Fiona and of course glennis for commenting! I do know that you are all out there, I do have a site meter on the front page and the bloggng service provides better stats.
I am terribly sorry for the delay in posting comments. I have a spam filter service enabled and it holds all comments including mine for approval. It would be pretty ulgy without this.
My fantasy was that there would be discussion after some of the entries, a bit like this one over at In A Minute Ago.
I have recently been thinking about the time consuming nature of fiber arts. Does this mean that these arts are endangered by todays fast paced life? Would people who spend an hour a day meditating or doing yoga need that if they were doing some repetitive fiber art? Where does the joie de faire come from– is it hard wired into our beings? Why do we make? Is it the process or product or both that give us the joy? The product is the easist to share with others, is the pleasure in process self-indulgent? Would making things improve non-makers (most people) lives?


5 Responses to “Thanks!”

  1. Diane Says:

    One would think that in today’s fast paced, mass produced world that a slow, handmade process would be considered valuable but this does not seem to be the case.
    I believe that we were ALL born to create as is evident in watching 1st graders engage in art class. Some of us create tangible items, some create war while Tibetan monks try to create peace through prayer.
    If money wasn’t an issue and everyone could just create for themselves, the common good, what would that be like? Would it be a village of fair trade?
    Consider the popularity of knitting. It’s easy to learn and cheap to do and also easy to get hooked. How many would find it boring to stay home and knit rather than go to the day job?
    I’m not really a process person but I’ve come to realize that the process is more of a meditation and the product is joy but only for a moment. While making it, the mind has moved on to the next project and I’m ready to begin again.


  2. Karren Says:

    “the process is more of a meditation and the product is fleeting joy”
    Well said!


  3. glennis Says:

    I have always enjoyed the process of my making. It is a form of meditation for me to do the repetitive tasks that have always been at the heart of the things that I have made. It is a quiet place where my mind can wander and soar, where I can plan the next step of my venture. I am better for it in my life and hope that kids today can find this place as well. The arts are a good place to be.


  4. Ana Brito Says:

    Along the same lines as glennis…my craft, whatever it may be at the moment is where I find my meditation. While in college, I worked deep into the wee hours of the night on my beading, finding the creative fiber within me w/out interruption from those sleeping.
    These days, my meditation occurs as I concentrate on the clicking of my needles as fabric magically falls from them… and more recently, focus to feel the kicks and movements of my daughter growing in me.


  5. naisioxerloro Says:

    Good design, who make it?


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