The idea of creativity invokes arts, crafts and design. We usually use it to describe an individual or small group of collaborators who create something with sensual impact like a musical composition, a knitted shawl or an innovative ad campaign. … Continue reading
Next weekend, April 15 to 17, 2016, the first Canadian men’s knitting retreat will take place. I’ve had a hand in organizing it and can hardly wait. This is the realization of a long-held dream. Men’s knitting retreats started in … Continue reading
Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals describes the work habits of artists, writers and thinkers. It offers entertaining reading, but also insight and affirmation for creative people.
Amy Tyler’s talk on Sunday at Ontario Handweavers and Spinners biennial conference gave me pause to reassess my creative process. For a brief introduction to Amy, read the previous post. The term “creative process” has a pompous air about it. … Continue reading
Designer Amy Tyler invokes the Petoskey stone, an important symbol of creative thinking for many artists.
Satisfying work is teaching me a new lesson about the need for relaxation. Some days we just need to come unplugged.
I have contemplated few mysteries as much as, “Why do I write?” It’s right up there with, “Why are we here?” Recently my pal Toni Radcliffe invited me to participate in a blog hop addressing this very question. My first … Continue reading
It was a big craft weekend. Dyeing fibre with mountain-ash leaves was not our only project. While Danny developed a new design for a knitted sock, I did some hand-spinning. Over the past 18 months, the majority of yarns I’ve … Continue reading
Rituals are valuable. They help us focus and remember what matters to us. But we must not become slaves to activities that make us unhappy. If habits turn into ruts, we need to change paths. First thing in the morning … Continue reading
My main drug of choice when I am trying to avoid stress is gaming. Sometimes I do it deliberately to give myself a fantasy escape. Other times if a source of anxiety has not risen from the subconscious I might … Continue reading