I love art supplies. I love any material that I can investigate and use in the creation of "something" new. One of my Loves is beautiful yarn. I have had an appreciation of yarn since I was a freshman in college and learned to knit. I enjoy thumbing through catalogs of yarns and supplies and browsing online to see "what's out there". There are so many beautiful things available. I recieved some fabulous handwoven yarn from my son this Christmas and I can't wait to use it!
Of course I love to look at the materials and supplies I use to make my art work but I also enjoy reading about anything that is new on the market or just new to me.
I am confident that most of you have a similiar passion for your materials whatever they might be...paint, dye, fabric, wood, metal, gemstones etc. The world is filled to the brim with choices and these materials are filled to the brim with potential and possibilities. These possibilities and potential can only be released in the hands of the artist and craftsman. These materials allow us to satisfy our deep desire to create. In the hands of the artist, beautiful objects and powerful statements are brought forth into the world to teach us something, remind us of a long forgotten experience or to exist for their own sake.
How blessed we are to have the ability to create, the vision to see what is possible and the skill to follow that vision.
How many of you have stashes of untouched fabric that you're afraid to cut? A closet full of canvases you don't want to "waste" in an effort to learn to paint. How about the beautifully organized folder of embroidary threads untouched for years? I could go on and on but I hope you understand my message. Art materials are just potential until you the artist, the creative being, picks them up and adds your special magic. At that point the materials are transformed into something truly valuable. Until that point in time, all of these supplies are unused and unrealized, just as your gift of creativity is unused and unrealized if you aren't exploring and making.
My wish for you and for myself in 2011 is that we make the time to be in our studios fearlessly using those materials and our talents to fullfill our potential and experience the joy of Creativity.
For those of you who love yarn, the wool yarn pictured is from Spincycle in Bellingham, Wa. These women are living their dream and offer handspun yarn of the highest quality. Check'em out!
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