The Twig Loom is the next loom in this weaving tutorial series.
As I say repeatedly in the video, this is a great project for kids because it comes with a built-in handle!
Choose to weave with t-shirt yarn (tarn) and you will weave faster. Whether with yarn or with tarn, this project will teach you patience!
I hope you enjoy the video, and if you are interested in learning more about making small weavings on interesting looms, check out the Small Weavings Workshop that I will be teaching in September at Spring Bird!
And if you do make a weaving, please let me know what you make and share photos!!!
Small Weavings Workshop
Wow! What a great start to the 2019 “A Season To Make” Workshop Series!
We kicked off the series with learning to make Rug Hooked Pillows. Both days were realizations of my dream of creating opportunities to make in community and in nature, at the cottage.
I have had such powerful and creative experiences at Spring Bird’s Cottage, and this workshop series is one way to share that with guests and participants.
We laughed, created, and had so many great conversations - even confessions! (But those are not for this blog!)
Check out the photos below to see our creations and check out future workshops here!
While packed uncomfortably in a our Prius, driving friends to the airport, she was on a roll with running the game. She was thinking of her animal, and we sardines were guessing.
Our uncomfortability in the tight car motivated us to increase our accuracy in guessing, which for Penelope meant we weren’t playing correctly. For her, we weren’t prolonging the fun of asking questions. We were throwing out answers are answers like starts at a board, “Stork!” “Blue heron!” “Flamingo!”
But she refused to accept our answers and asserted “More Questions! Less Answers!”
We howled at her unwitting declaration of the familiar existential conundrum. It seems like the older we got, despite being certain of so many things in life, there was even more questions that felt unknown - like a whirling sea of 20,000 questions!
You may know that I am super impatient and stubborn. When I am swimming in that ocean of questions, I feel like shouting at the universe “More answers and less questions!”
And while I am certain that we need a “certain” amount of certainty to feel safe and secure in homes with food, to have healthcare, to feel loved, to be able to love freely etc., I am also certain that we can live with a lot of uncertainty. We can accept the existence of and omnipresence of uncertainty, and maybe, we can even learn to delight in them.
If there weren’t uncertainties, then everything would be predetermined. Questions are opportunities. They are potentials. They are curiosities, and they don’t have to be feared if we choose not to respond to them in fear.
So, I’ve figured a few more of my existential questions out, but I think I’ve also grown much more comfortable in living with uncertainty. Well, back to the game,
“Is it a cow? A flamingo? An elephant? A rhino? A stink bug?
The Universe shrugs, “More Questions!”
“Does it fly? Does it like the smell of rain? Does it sleep in on the weekends? What’s its favorite moon phase? Does it shed its skin??? . . .”
I would give anything for those tapes of our childhood radio show -- even though I am fairly certain it was just 90% fart noises and 10% giggles. It was so much fun to create a show - a production - even if our audience was just us.
After those experimental years of our radio show, I spent the rest of my youth consuming the music that radio played until my college years when I became indoctrinated into the meaningful broadcasting of NPR. Oh, how wonderful do become well informed to the happenings in the world without having to read about it. Furthermore, there was wit and humor - and yes, maybe even some fart noises from the Cart Talk brothers. RIP Tom Magliozzi.
As a young mother, the radio was on constantly as I nursed, cooked dinner, and wiped butts. And somewhere in there, about 10 years ago, maybe, radio went rogue in the form of podcasts! I was an early adopter. I could listen to shows when I want, wherever I want. It was like having my funny friends in my pocket.
And podcasting has since exploded. There is a podcast or two or ten for everything, and they are an amazing way to learn while doing other things. As someone who works with her hands, I can expand my horizons while I work--peak into communities and points of view that I would not have otherwise. Here are just some of the audio journeys I have gone on: science, feminist film theory, cultural criticism, politics, world cup history, hollywood gossip, scripted fiction, wacky game shows, entrepreneurship, and fake internet judgements. Podcasts have so enriched my life and my every day.
So, it shouldn't surprise you that I have harbored a secret (or maybe not so secret) desire to have my own podcast. And while I have dabbled in some audio recordings of family members telling their stories, I wasn’t ready to take the leap until this year!
So, without further ado, here is my new podcast: The Art We Make
The Art We Make Podcast is a podquest to determine why we make art and what art does for us! In each episode I will either sit down with an artist or maker to find out how their creativity is expressed and what impact it has on their life, or I will be sharing my philosophy of creativity in solo shows.
How Can you Listen to the Art We Make Podcast?
The podcast will be released on Tuesdays, but as of today you can listen to the teaser and my first solo show, which explains my arrival at this podcast topic and name.
Links to the shows will be posted on the website here, but be sure to subscribe to the Art We Make Podcast on your favorite podcast streaming app (i.e. itunes ) and join me in my podquest to find out more about value of creativity and making!
If you or someone you know would like to be on the show, please email me email@example.com I look forward to hearing from you!
Listen to The Art We Make Podcast!
Hope is not an emotion; it’s a way of thinking or a cognitive process."
- Brené Brown
And something new stuck out to me in her discussion with regard to hope. Hope often feels flimsy and Pollyanna-ish. Hope is sometimes characterized as a weak emotion -especially in our calcified world full of bitter cynicism. We are trying not to hope because it hurts too much when things don’t work out the way we’d like.
But hope is exactly what we need right now, because it will allow for the change we seek. Despair, the opposite of hope, will only get us one thing, more despair.
So, Brown says “no” to Hope as an emotion and “yes” to Hope as a cognitive process. Hope requires plans, goals, steps, and indeed failures. But hope insists that there is opportunity for alternatives. There is opportunity for progression.
I would like to articulate that Creativity is also part of this practice of hope. Creativity allows for envisioning the alternatives and problem solving for them.
What is the outcome we desire?
Let’s hope for that! Let’s have room in our hearts for what we desire, then envision it, and work for it.
Now what steps will get us closer to our desire?
As someone raised by Dominican Nuns, I have long been reminded of the importance of hope.
The Dominican motto is Spes Unica, only hope. Hope was also the only thing left in Pandora’s box after all the evil was released.
Let’s be more hopeful and progressive in our personal and collective lives, and let’s use our creativity to dream the world that we want to live in and creativity in solving to get there. It’s our only hope for change!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.
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