Music, language, art, dance, photography, and textile love, with a dash of whatever else captures my fancy.
"I have spent a lot of time consuming instead of creating. Browsing other people’s blogs. Looking at other people’s images. Reading other people’s stories. I have found myself valuing the already completed work of others more than the in-progress work of my own.
Reading about other people’s stories is only inspiring to a point. Eventually you have to turn it off and sit at a desk and hammer it out. You have to embrace that not-as-enjoyable part because that’s the part when it’s actually happening.
You want to make stuff? Make it. You want to write stuff? Write it. You want to do something different? Do it. Get in and be inspired, but then get out. And then get to work."
I am super honored to have received a copy of the book I contributed to, written by the awesome Kim Piper Werker! It’s called Make It Ugly and it’s about creativity and all the awesome/frustrating things that come along with it. I love the concept of this book- that, no matter what we end up with, it’s the process of creating that ends up serving us the most. It’s a thoughtful look at how to handle inspiration, disappointment and perfectionism, and I hope that whatever I said in it was smart because she didn’t need any of my help- she had a really solid and powerful idea of what this book should be before we ever talked. I’m just happy I was able to have a small part in it’s completion. Check it out if you have a chance!
"Language is power. When you turn “torture” into “enhanced interrogation,” or murdered children into “collateral damage,” you break the power of language to convey meaning, to make us see, feel, and care."
A thousand times, yes.