Making a quilt is not just putting pieces of fabric together. To me quilts have a soul. They are the foundation of our ideas and emotions that we work through to create a piece of art. And before you say "my quilts are not art"!!!! I personally consider anything made by hand is an art piece….Working on this project has been a unique experience. The research that I’ve done over the past two years was a little disjointed for a while. There are so many facets to the project and I need to work on most of them, not necessarily in order but as the need arose.
I’ve worked on illustrations, both fine line
I’ve spent hours of pouring over
books and wading through the internet to help me understand the Bayeux Tapestry. Goodness knows if I will ever really understand it fully.
I’m rather a klutz if I just read things…the facts seem to blend into one. I need to DO them and they are then imprinted in my mind.
Notes from Michael LeBoeuf’s book, Creative Thinking
Any primary ability or talent can be developed by training. You can improve your creative ability by exercising it.
The best creative exercises provide you with mental activity and material out of which you can form ideas. Experience can be firsthand or secondhand, such as reading, listening or watching. But firsthand experience is far superior.
A Chinese proverb states:
I hear: I forget
I see: I remember
I do: I understand
Just at the moment Jamie and I are working together and the images are imprinted on my mind. When I write about Pevensey Bay in the book. We have beautiful images on film and photograph. We’ve walked through the ruins of the castles, walked on the shores of the Ocean and we are DOING and I understand. All in preparation of the film and book.
We visited Pevensey castle today…..During the decades after the Conquest in 1066 the fort was converted into a full-scale Norman castle, with a great stone keep and towered bailey wall occupying one corner. Today it is a tourist attraction… bright green lawns extend to the high grey marl walls. Age and weather have taken their toll, but when you think that this castle has withstood the elements for over a 1000 years it’s an amazing structure.
Jamie patiently waited for people to get out of camera..
I did very little in the way of being on camera today, no muddy creeks and steep hills. We’ve just viewed the vision and it’s just wonderful.
I’ll put up some more photos on the web page. take a look at these instruments of war… they were slung from huge wooden structures like sling shots…
I couldn’t even lift them let alone get them into position to shoot.