The unapologetic, raw, unedited interpretation of living life. Each of us is the artist of our own life, constantly remolding, reworking, and roughing out the details and applying what we've learned to the changing canvas. There are no do-overs, no take backs...just rough cuts that release what lies inside us.

I saw the angel in stone and I carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tapestry - A Virtual Art Project

Did you really think we'd be building a blog about Art and not participate in a project together?  I find it grounds me to take a moment and consider where I have been and how those events weave together to form who I am becoming today.  If you are tangled up in the threads, you will not be able to appreciate the tapestry.  Through this exercise, we can begin to weave together the dangling threads and connect them to your spirit.  In every good art project, we need to define what we are making and then provide our creative minds with some guidelines.
Tapestry: A piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving colored weft threads or by embroidering on canvas, used as a wall hanging or furniture covering.
Personal Tapestry:
Think back over your life and identify 3 - 5 events, circumstances which challenged you. Connect them with what you currently experience..your "now".  What was the outcome?  Was it what you expected?  How did it influence something in your life today?

Take it to the next level and list the lesson learned or what area of your life was being developed by each thread.

Here are 3 of mine:
Appreciation and Awareness - I grew up with two siblings with disabilities: my sister was born with profound hearing loss and my brother has a rare disorder called Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome (KTWS) in additional to some other considerations as a result of a difficult childbirth.  In my formative years, I knew that not everyone gets a fully equipped tool kit, some of us have to perfect the use of other tools to compensate and still be able to create a full life.  Communication become a huge focus of my life and has greatly influenced career choices and my approach to my work.

Irony (2 parts)- My undergraduate degree was in Psychology, though I studied several studio art courses.  The plan was to become an Art Therapist, instead I became a mother of two amazing human beings who challenge everything I learned in school.  1) In the past month, I have found a book I used during my senior project entitled How Talk so you Kid will Listen and Listen so your Kids will Talk.  I will be reading it for the third time.  2) Those studio classes have redefined who I am.  It was during that season that I began uncovering who I really was.  Art allowed me to put pictures to what I was feeling and express ideas about who I was so I could deal with them on the surface. 

Expressing myself through art and approaching all things with an interest beyond what lie on the surface is where my dangling threads began weaving a tapestry that I could see and appreciate to the fullest.  How about yours?

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