Making Order

Cleaning the studio, for me, always feels therapeutic.

After a project has been completed, cleaning the studio feels like I’m turning to a clean blank page: it’s a moment of calm and happiness, because work is done — for the moment.   Very often as I work, my mind is imagining the NEXT colors or textures or designs.  Cleaning up is a prelude.

Before teaching a workshop, tidying up and reconfiguring the studio feels like I’m setting the table before a dinner party, with lots of anticipation and hopes that everyone will have a wonderful time.  I’m preparing a space in which I hope my students will find support so they can deepen their own creative exploration.  Hopefully they will learn what they wanted to learn — and more.

And after a workshop, as I put away fibers, I feel that my little studio has been a kind of sanctuary.  As I review the workshop day and move from the collaborative energy of the day to quiet reflection, I feel so much gratitude: for the abundant fibers in my studio; for my cozy workspace; for the opportunity to share the craft with others….

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Published in: on June 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

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