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A "Pandula" is a flower which blooms only in one's imagination.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gecko weaving

I always have to learn things the hard way.  

I started my Gecko...and once again I have decided I hate following a pattern.  

I prefer to let the yarn and the loom breathe and take life under my slow and steady hands.  I have never been disappointed this way.  Somehow, I just keep thinking I should be able to do pictorials...I often feel that because I can't (or more to the point don't) enjoy doing pictorials I am an inferior fiber artist.  

I feel the same way about drawing.  I keep thinking that I should be able to do photo realism.  

My friend Carol says not many people can just pick up a pencil and let their imagination do what mine does. Not many who listen to their inner voice without censorship and get acceptable results, and sometimes great results.  That not many people with no formal education can pick up a few balls of yarn and create the things I do.  That it is a gift, as I rarely, if ever, have bought yarn and said I will do this design in these colors in this size and accomplished this to the end result.  I have always been on a budget and have used what I have on hand, I even went to the cotton fields and a man gave me a whole trunk of ginned cotton when I found buying the roving expensive.  I have always been encouraged, but I have also always had to husband my supplies.  

Somehow it has always worked out.  I have produced nice pieces within these limits.  Persevered against limited education and funds.  Am I an artist???  Some days I am just not sure.  Guess today is one of those.

2 comments:

ThePineConeTeaCup said...

YOU are an AMAZING artist!! I envy your ability to draw and weave and those amazing pine needle baskets!! You should NEVER doubt yourself! :)

Krafty Max Originals said...

I agree with Pink Cone Tea Cup. I have known you for about 15 years and I can not think of a time when your artistic 'self' didn't show through. When you started you didn't even know about weaving, beading, spinning, cross stitch and many of the other mediums that you now do without much thought. Because of your dedication and yearning for knowledge you have taught yourself (for the most part) all of your mediums and that in itself if a talent.

You know that my house is FULL of things you have made and I have stolen or received as gifts.....even what you call as 'cast-offs' proudly have their place....so, do not....for one moment doubt your ability.... you may need a CREATIVE re-boot, but the artistic ability is ALWAYS there!!

Love ya!! ~KM

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