CLOTH of CHANGE
During this first week, review the links on the Portal Page for Materials and other Notes.
Prepare a spot in your home where you feel comfortable working. Gather your materials.
Decide, if possible, on a time each day to work on the course.
Get familiar with how the Artist Forum works.
"I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
Rainer Maria Rilke in 'Letters to a Young Poet'
Part One -Opening Questions
For this lesson you will need a journal/sketchbook for notes, writing and drawing instruments and optionally, your computer if you choose to automate your answers for cut and paste into the Questionnaire Google Doc. Link to Google Questionnaire Form
Give the questions time and thought and be as specific as you can.
Answering questions and eventually coming up with your own questions will help you clarify your direction as a creative. Please consider your responses thoughtfully. There are no wrong answers. As you work through the Google Doc, jot down your answers any any new questions that come to you. You may want to start a new document. Copy and past these questions into your document. You then have an opportunity to save your answers. You can also copy and paste them into the Google Form.
How did you learn about the Threads of Meaning or Cloth of Change Workshop?
What things interest you?
What inspires you?
Do you find it easy to gather ideas for your work?
Do you find yourself at a roadblock or a crossroad?
Has uncertainty held you back?
What are you exploring in your work?
Does your work tell a story?
What story does it tell?
How does your work represent your point of view? Name concepts, materials.
What do you to challenge yourself to improve as an artist?
What questions do you ask yourself?
Do you resist change?
Has the forced “pause” of lockdown taught you anything?
What conversation do you hope your artwork elicits from viewers?
What do you hope to gain by taking a Threads of Meaning Workshop?
Any additional questions or comments are welcome.
During the course at least every other week, answer these questions.
Have you been inspired by anything new, since you began this course?
What discoveries have surprised you?
What are you exploring in your work now?
Has your story gotten more specific? How?
Have you noticed a recurring theme?
Have you noticed a recurring shape, color, stitch or other compositional element?
Does anything scare you about the direction of your work?
What might you be afraid of spilling open in your work?
Can you imagine your art as conduit to healing or change?