Problem Solving

A large part of being a textile artist is our ability to problem-solve, and have I had to use it this last week. Now I’m no fast thinker. – I like to take my time and really think things through – but eventually I get there. And I’m prompted to...

Ambience

I was working on the design below recently, and it suddenly struck me that the atmosphere we work in and the mood we create, can make a huge difference to how well and effectively we actually work. Now I’m not talking about the physical workspace, although, of...

The White Rabbit

A faux pas is an embarrassing act or remark in a social setting.  It’s happened to us all and we quickly learn not to do it again. The difference between a faux pas and a mistake is huge – humungous – because mistakes can be the best thing that can...

Finding Zen

Routine:  drill, practice, procedure, pattern.  Ritual: ceremony, protocol, order, custom.  Zen: the value of meditation and intuition. Even the most aspirational artist experiences challenges, so what exactly is it that gets you through your day?. That daily grind...

The Attitude of Learning

Learning is a skill, but it’s also an attitude.  Memorising facts and figures, for some, is where it’s at – but that can be risky – where’s the solid footing?  And it’s from that substantial knowledge base, that understanding...