Breaking the Pattern
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There is so much *stuff* that is ‘supposed’ to be used for a specific job or task. But us artists both seasoned and new must remember that the real beauty of is realized when we take these common, seemingly mundane objects and use them in an unconventional way. This spur of the moment thinking can safely be explored and flexed within the world of crafting; it always results in one-of-a-kind, often brilliant pieces.
Being able to confidently explore something openly—where there is no right or wrong answer, where you are not bound or guided by any pattern or set rules—is an import skill to hone in on. This sort of “fly by the seat of your pants” learning is not only liberating but also helps to push the limits of what you thought you were capable of doing. If there is no map, you are bound to hit some road blocks, or get lost along the way. When this happens and you are not following a pattern, it becomes an opportunity to flex your own personal design skills as well as test your understanding of your medium. I have learned so much more about my lovely mirrix, and about the art of weaving from the many, many, (many) mistakes I have made. I have come to the point where I truly comprehend how each part works and interacts with the other, and it is in itself an beautifully engineered tool of artistry.
Another truly amazing benefit of weaving pattern-free is that you learn how to fail, and even more so: how to fail properly. I know, it sounds absolutely insane. But the truly insane thing is how much pressure we ourselves and society in general put on ourselves not to “fail”, not to do things “the wrong way”. We are conditioned to where even in art, one of the most free-form of activities, that we must adhere to certain ‘rules’ set forth often by who-knows-who based on ‘the work of’ whats-his-face from history! This very pressure often hinders us from potentially creating some of our greatest work! When breaking free from these chains and truly embracing a creative leap you are able to find your personal rhythm; you’ll feel free enough to eventually create patterns of your own! Embrace the truth and take solace that no great masterpiece was ever created on the first try. (I don’t think. Don’t ruin my mantra, let me bask in and frolic in my ignorant bliss!) Thus I urge you to go forth and fail—and fail spectacularly—without fear!
There is one last thing I’d like to say about breaking away from the norm, about how it has the potential for you to grow exponentially as an artist. I truly believe that it is one of the quickest paths, to helping you become a master at any art, at this art. I believe that the sheer empowerment and raw, unhindered dive into this art platform enables you to deeply absorb every faucet every nuance every gem of SOMETHING that this age old craft that we are fortunate to be able to experience. Let’s grasp with both hands (literally and figuratively) every opportunity to learn and foster towards a mastery and love of weaving.