So now I have to foster and develop my own writing style. Why haven’t I bothered about this before? Time perhaps. I’ve been so focused on producing work that writing about it was often done in haste. Big mistake.
We work with and write about textiles. Every word and every image should render a visual and imaginary spectacle depicting the allure of thread and stitch.
Reading is like an enchanting, exotic magic carpet ride in a comfy arm-chair. Just strap myself in, coffee in hand, breathe deeply and I’m entranced.
This is the Jane Austen of the Embroidery world in my opinion. The writing is a little dated and flowery, but none-the-less sharply insightful, well researched and logically portrayed, gently scattered with delightfully useful and informative line drawings and black-and-white plates.
Everyone knows of the Elements and Principles of Design, well, I liken them to good bones and pretty clothes. One builds structure, the other dresses that structure with the ‘wow’ factor of exciting design.
You don’t have to utter one word. People should be able to recognise your work by your style. It’s your brand, your stamp and should express your uniqueness.
The inner pressure that we exert on ourselves produces the best work possible. It’s also part of The Iceberg Effect, the things people don’t see which tend to yield the most success. Read my post on the Iceberg Effect.
I listened to my instinct, which kept telling me to take the risk. It transpired I wasn’t afraid of failure. I was more fearful of not giving it a go, of facing no change at all.’
Choice is the opportunity. Not choosing is the risk. My glass is definitely, assuredly, clearly half-full.
And we have to understand it’s not just this amazing, fantastic work we’re looking at that transports us and touches our hearts, but the words and writing that go along with it, that touches our soul.
'Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.' Buddha Remember those skies dappled with white rows of fleecy, fluffy clouds like the markings on a mackerel's back? They're Mackerel Skies. Our lives have become so jam-packed with meetings...
What’s been revealed is a modern-day Pandora’s Box, housing clever, sagacious writing, littered with exquisite words, rhythms and imagery.
We have to convince and persuade our readers to want to read the next word, the next sentence, then the next paragraph.
A mentor wants to see you grow – each petal at a time, like an unfolding flower ready to show its true inner beauty and purpose. Mentoring really is about unlocking potential – your potential.
The pearl is, after all, formed because of irritation. Well, I have a form of irritation too – an itch that needs scratching. To produce a pearl, I have to cultivate layers of research and learning before being able to produce something miraculous and one-of-a-kind – just like the oyster.