An artist is an explorer. He has to begin by self-discovery and by observation of his own procedure. After that he must not feel under any constraint.
~ Henri Matisse
You may know from reading my recent posts, that I have been in a period of process and reflection. It has become clear this is a time of transition (not only in my creative life, but overall life). That realization softened my struggles and opened my curiosity. I had been working with Jane Dunnewold's "Creative Strength Training" book, finding it so helpful. Yet more was needed, so I finally decided to join her online 10 month program, which she leads with her daughter, Zenna Duke.
"Nurture your Best Creative Self" is the theme for 2018.
Once I joined, it was clearly the right decision. Along with creative play, process and reflection, it is also about sharing the journey with allies on the path... including Jane, Zenna and other CST participants via Facebook private group. It is time to rediscover my sense of joy in art making, which has been lacking. I will let you know how things develop over this year. (By the way if CST is of interest to you, registration closes April 1st.)
Prior to starting the CST program, I had been doing some stitch process pieces, with the emphasis on PROCESS. I am using cloth, paper, ink, embroidery.
Yet, may be time to be even simpler and playful. Let my child self play!
Here is a wonderful video that Jane shared about Liz Kettle's stitch meditations...