God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
This is one of my favourite ever quotations, and it's the basis for a lot of what I do and teach. I think we confuse ourselves between what we can and can't change. We have a lot more power over our circumstances than we like to believe. It's more comfortable to dismiss an issue as something that we have no power over, instead of recognising that we do have a choice as to whether we take responsibility for it, or not. There are always choices. It's just that some of them are so small as to feel unimportant, and many of them involve the lives, freedoms and choices of other people. It can feel impossible. But it isn't.
What many of us forget, is that in order to give to others, you have to give to yourself, first. For most people reading this, that giving to ourselves will take the form of creative work. It is a wonderful way of giving yourself joy and meaning. I believe that it is essential that we make space in our lives for creativity, however we perceive that to be. This blog is about making that space. I hope you will find it useful.
A Scottish artist and writer living and working in a tiny village in West Norfolk, UK, with my husband and four cats. I work mostly in textiles, and my focus at the moment is stitched photographs on canvas, Lutradur and Evolon. I write about working with spunbonded fabrics, and about creativity.