I am constantly asked how I make such things or do such things, given how much patience they must require. The truth is, the art forms I pursue require no patience at all. If they did, it would be because they do not flow naturally from my psyche, that they are forced exercises. Think of it this way, writing that book report on that book you were told to read? How did that work for you? But, if you’d been allowed to choose the book and the form your report would take (storyboard, one man play, song, poem, news report…), how much more would you have enjoyed the process and the result?
If an art form or a form of self-expression call to you, it is a call from within to create. When I saw needle-felting for the first time, my fingers literally itched to try it. And I did. It came so naturally, it felt as if I were born to do it. Weaving Viking knit jewelry, on the other hand, was painfully tedious. My one experience taught me two things: I am vastly impressed by my friend who does it so beautifully and I am not meant to make Viking knit jewelry.
There is a saying that “if you can dream it, you can do it”. It is this passion to create that I believe lies behind that saying. For we dream based on our passions and our soul’s voice. I don’t dream of being a figure skater, but you might. Our souls ache for different things and it is those deep, abiding longings that are reaching out to create something to contribute.
The universe is in a constant state of creation and, as part of that universe, as beings made up of stardust, we owe it to ourselves and the world around us to answer that soul cry to do the same.