“Failure is a greater teacher than success.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I am being held hostage on a 17 acre piece of property by 4 dogs, 3 goats, and 6 or 7 cats. These willful pets force me to create beautiful items that I either sell or give away to the programs I volunteer for.
Over the years, the type of product I make has varied. Low fire ceramics, mosaics, items made from vintage Japanese textiles, and clothing, to name some. Currently, the animals insist that I spend more time honoring nature, so I use a variety of plants to imprint the unique colors and shapes on to fabrics. These “ecodyed” and “ecoprinted” fabrics become one-of-a-kind scarves, wall hangings, or pillows.
While the urgent modern world marches forward, I’m discovering that if I listen to the pets who hold me captive, there are valuable lessons to learn. These lessons influence my creativity and move me from being a “captive” to being “captivated” by my world.