The secret to becoming a better quilter or Textile Artist.

“How do I become a better Quilter?

That’s a question I’m asked often.

” I can’t do what you can do”

Yes you can  – and I have proven it over and over again.

It’s happened this week. There are some amazing projects coming out of this event. It makes my head spin.

My personal view is that every person that creates something is an artist.

An Artist is a collector of imaginings and experiences. They are selective and only collect the things they enjoy the most and it really depends where you put yourself to receive those things… you’re not necessarily going to get the experience or be influenced if you are home on the couch.

When you go to a class, or a concentrated quilting cocoon like we are having you are collecting, adding to your creative experiences. Meeting extraordinary people and learning new things.

In the book,:-Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative,                 by  Austin Kleon.

He states, “Your job is to collect good ideas, the more good ideas you collect the more you can  choose from to be influence by”

I can tell you to hone your skills, but that’s a given, just keep imagining and creating and it falls into place.

“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams random conversations, architecture, bridges and street signs, trees, clouds bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this your work will be authentic.”

– Jim Jarmusch

It’s not rocket science, it’s just a fact. The more you open you heart, your eyes and your emotions the more you experience.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Gail Bartlett says:

    Great thoughts. I hadn’t thought before about the idea that I’m collecting inspiration that I’m stealing from others. However, I can relate to all that you have written in your blog today. Thanks for sharing

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