I was reading a very uplifting article in American Quilter by Thomas Merton, "Transformation: Art from Within." He tells about how several churches got together to provide opportunities for prisoners in a local correctional institution to do creative activities. These activities also had a spiritual side beyond individual beliefs, time for discussion and much more. Can you imagine having to log out every piece of equipment used for a project, and then log it back in when the session is over? I will never look at my sewing tools the same: seam ripper, stylus, scissors, pins. The inmates respond positively to the chance to do something creative, and I am sure some of them never imagined they could create anything. The goal is to help them transform themselves as well.
The article mentioned two particular women from rival gangs who ended up sitting together because all other seats were taken and they had no choice. These women learned about each other and found common ground, which broke down engrained barriers. In many ways creating something of beauty was freeing for them as it is for us. The art that the inmates have created will be on display at the San Jose (CA) Museum of Quilts and Textiles from September 12 through November 2015.
This is what keeps me sewing, drawing, painting and taking photos. It is so uplifting to create something. It doesn't matter if you use a pattern and sew together traditional blocks or if you start from scratch and design your own. We each have our own talents and inclinations so listen to your inner voice and enjoy your creativity. It truly is a source of freedom and accomplishment, even on a bad day.
|Wild Gaillardia aka Indian Blanket - work of the Supreme Creator|
TIP: They say you shouldn't go to bed angry. When training a dog you always want to finish a session with something she does right. Try to rectify at least some of a sewing mistake before you quit. You'll be more enthusiastic about returning to a project if you are ready to move on.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. (Scott Adams)
Sew some happy seams this week.