Do you know Gretchen Miller? artist, art therapist, and president of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association? Gretchen has a wonderful blog full of art and ideas about creativity that should keep you busy for hours and inspired for a long, long time to come. Do take a look and consider what you would put your a mini altered board book to remind you to release, detach, and relax? Thank you Gretchen!
Huyen MacMichael over at 14 Secrets gave us this link to Lea Redmond's website which Huyen's husband found. She's got loads of interesting Free Projects and a free book which is wonderful. (Ant Book is all about nature, human artifacts, culture, and in it she cites authors like Annie Dillard, David Abram, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.) There's also a store on her website full of quirky, interesting things like a matchbox puppet theater and the world's smallest letters delivered by the world's smallest postal service. Intrigued?
Here's a quote from Lea's Ant Book:
I invite you tonotice the material world that you inhabit and the secrets that itholds. I invite you to let your senses loose, and to trust them. I invite you to not assume that what appears to be is, and to keep an eye out for “mistakes” you may have been making all along. I invite you to read between the lines – not just the lines of text, but the lines of this material world. I invite you to keep a loose grip on your language, and to sometimes just STOP!… and listen. I invite you to not be scared of that which seems strange, and to maybe even become it. I invite you to let go and to entertain possibilities that seem absurd. And then I invite you to take these possibilities seriously, to let yourself actually implement – with the behavior of your body – something that you know inside. I invite you to play and believe in magic, and to make a habit of breaking habits. I invite you to stop in the middle of the sidewalk, lie down, and look up. And to walk on all fours like a bug. Why? Because we never know what we are missing and there is simply no good reason to settle for scarcity when richness is right under our nose. To all these things, you are invited. RSVP if you will, if you dare, if you wonder what could be.
And finally the inspiration to explore William Kentridge's work came from childhood BFF Kiki MacInnes. I don't know why I waited so long since I know William's Uncle Leon who lives up the road from me, and we have discussed WK's work. Well better late than never!) His work is brooding, humorous, filled with history, and very beautiful! Just search YouTube for William Kentridge and you will be lost in charcoal and mystery for days. Thank you Kiki!