Hi, all! I’m offline for a little while, enjoying a Creativity Break.
I’m putting together my summer class proposals for the local community college where I teach. I feel so fortunate, so blessed, so valued when I’m invited to teach. This is what I LOVE!
Speaking of teaching… This week I had a bit of a disappointing educational experience. In this case, I was the student. (Never stop learning!)
It was the kind of experience that made me think the focus of the lesson was on “don’t make a mistake” rather than “try and see what happens”. Once I put my emotions aside, I looked back on the situation and I realized all over again the importance of things like:
I believe Albert Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
That’s my goal: to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. And I hope I don’t forget the elements of patience, encouragement and fun. They matter oh, so very much!
Have you tried something new today?
With every design I think, “Oh, I’ll remember that” … and with every design I’m usually quite wrong.
It took me a while to establish a system that was a) convenient b) accurate and c) useful for me once some time had passed. I’m happy to share some of my secrets here with you.
My primary documentation tool is my smart phone. Truly, my childhood dream came true when modern technology made it simple to have a camera, calendar, computer, clock, phone, flashlight and more — all in one device that fits in a pocket.
With my phone, I photograph and video all the glorious details of learning a new braid or making a new design. I get it all: before, during and after.
My process is simple:
I recently learned a square 8-warp Kaku Yatsu braid. My design notes look like this (click on an image to get more info) …
I also made a very short reminder video of the move sequence on the marudai. My reminder videos are very brief but I find them super helpful. I encourage you to document your own design journey so you can have an objective view of your growth as an artist.
Once I removed the braid from the marudai, I took some close-up photos in natural light. This photo set shows the braid detail and gives a better idea of the colors.
I have not yet turned this piece into jewelry. When I do, I’ll photograph the finished ends and any embellishments. I’ll also note details on the findings.
Ba da bing! Ba da boom! That’s all there is to it.
With these handy notes, I’ll never completely forget how to make an 8-warp Kaku Yatsu braid.
I hope you find some of this helpful as you document your own creative fun. If you have helpful tips or suggestions, please share.
At the end of summer, I practice self-evaluation and goal-setting. That is when I make my resolutions. I work and live in an academic cycle, I guess.
January 1st, when the year is fresh and new, I like to just be. To appreciate. To love. To be kind. To be gentle with myself and others. To sit (metaphorically) in stillness and not judge or search for faults or weaknesses or missed opportunities. For me, this is the perfect way to open a new year.