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About anartwovenlife

I am an artist, weaver, and teacher, and as it turns out, writer.

“awareness is learning to keep yourself company” –Geneen Roth

“And then,” as Anne Lamott writes in Bird by Bird, “learn to be…compassionate company, as if you were somebody you are fond of and wish to encourage.” Now, reading this line felt like somewhere between a love-letter from the gods … Continue reading

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Discipline: No Pain. No. Pain.

As someone who loves discussing creative endeavors I start to breathe shallow and break into a slight sweat when it comes to the topic of discipline. I am committed to leading a creative life, to nurturing my passion for making … Continue reading

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On Wanting

I wanted an epiphany. I may not have known it at the time, or put it into words, but I wanted a seismic shift. I’ve been reflecting on the changing over to a brand-new year–2012. I’ve been thinking thoughts like … Continue reading

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Improvise

“In life, most of us are highly skilled at suppressing action.” –Keith Johnstone, quoted by Malcomb Gladwell in Blink I recently learned that improvisation in comedy theater relies on specific rules that allow the action to run smoothly. The most important one is that both … Continue reading

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The Destroyer

Someone once told me that we all embody three aspects of creative activity: The Creator, The Sustainer, and The Destroyer. Ideally, these are in balance, and we move easily through the cycles as things pass away and come into existence, … Continue reading

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Tales From The Crit (Art Critique, that is)

It’s the last couple weeks of classes, and Critique Season is upon us here in the world of art school. So far I’m cruising through this one relatively unscathed, but there is still Finals Week to contend with. So far, … Continue reading

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Instructions (from a guest blogger)

Find the patch of sun on something soft. Curl up and rest there. Stretch. Always remember it never hurts to ask for what you want. Play vigorously. Pretend that whatever you are doing is the most important thing ever. Practise … Continue reading

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