I’d be lying if I claimed striving for perfection ever brought me anything except misery
It’s so easy to lose sight of reality when all you see is your flaws and failures. When self loathing infects every aspect of your identity and you begin to believe in your own disposability.
You know yourself intrinsically and can spend hours, days, weeks, abusing yourself for the smallest misstep, one tiny misdeed, one unacted upon bad thought, holding it as proof of your own invalidity.
You berate yourself for not being perfect instantly, for not making the right choice unfailingly, for not knowing the right path of action inherently.
You bog yourself down in the mire, just waiting for the facade to collapse, for the moment when everyone else will see “the real” you and hate you too.
Somehow you are able to forgive others misdeeds as part of their journey, as part of the ever-turning cycle of learning, but in yourself you only see monsters lurking.
Your creative endeavors disappoint you, you curse your clumsy hands and unskilled fingers, berating yourself endlessly. Again and again you try, never living up to what you envisioned.
It’s incredibly difficult to remember you are also on your own journey.
That you too make mistakes and deserve gentleness and forgiveness.
That self criticality and self reflection are crucial components to growth, but when over-used will bludgeon away your sense of value and validity.
Take your errors and work to learn from them, build the person you wish to be, give yourself the opportunity 🌱✨✨✨✨ #fiberart#softsculpture#selfcare#misery#mentalhealth#depression#mentalillness#generosity#selfrespect#selfreflection#skincare#beauty#feminist#feministart#queer#queerart#crazy
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cotton, silk, wool, velvet, and polyester
quilted and appliqué
Bisa Butler's work will never cease to amaze me. she's an incredibly talented artist and such a sweet spirit.
Things I've said about 500 times today.....
It's fucking freezing
I need a brew
Can't be assed
I want to go home
Everyones annoying me
Why are people stupid
Ironically the top I've been wearing has said 'think happy' 😂
- S C A L E -
I thought it would be fun to see the different sized silver birches I've worked on. You can see the 35cm is by far larger than my other pieces and the mini one looks positively teeny in comparison!
Thank you to everyone who has shown love to me following me sharing a bit about my mental health. I appreciate it so much, and it's been great to be able to connect with you all. Keep going, if you're having a bad day, know that tomorrow is a new day and to take it all a minute at a time! 🌠
Fun fact.. I was going to title this 'size matters' but chickened out 😂
The Starburst Wall Hanging ✨
Made by hand with lovely merino wool fibers. $65 and available now in the shop! 🌟
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“Under the Baobab Tree” - 2017 I created this artwork, for my husband, to capture the essence of our meeting and becoming engaged in Senegal, West Africa, now 38 years ago. A subtle, symbolic image of us sitting under this majestic baobab can be seen, under the tree, in the last pic. If trees could talk, baobabs would have a lot to say, as they sit silently and patiently, observing history as it happens around them, for as long as 1,000 years.
Bringing joy to your home through art inspired by nature 🌿
This new wall hanging is now available on our shop! It's a natural & neutral beauty with a calm and cozy presence, handmade and one-of-a-kind! 30in long by 19in wide. Grab it before it's gone!
Link in bio 🖤
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Ready for your next challenge? Thinking of taking up embroidery and not sure where to start? We carry everything you need to get you going.
Here are a couple stitch books that are great for beginners. Pair these with some cotton flosses from Cosmo, some ornate scissors, and a little hoop and you've got a great little gift set for that creative friend.
Fiber art is so versatile! Comment below all the different schools of needlework you have tried!
The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) has partnered with the Fiber Art Network to present Excellence in Fibers V this winter. Excellence in Fibers is an annual, international juried fiber arts competition organized by the Fiber Art Network. Curated from the juror-accepted 2019 Excellence in Fibers entries, this exhibition brings to our Michigan audiences the works of 39 artists from the United States and Canada. See it through March 15, 2020.
Video by Arvin Candelaria