This morning as I snapped each patchworked snip and cut with my iPhone's camera, determined to imprint each tiny step forward on my retina (and yours), and gloried in the fabric I was using, I had an epiphany.
And to share this epiphany with you I have had to do an awful lot of hard work researching 'free' collage software on the web, but of course there is no such thing as a free lunch!
But I digress, and I tend to do that rather a lot, but that is my point, and those of you from my English classes who remember your Michael Ondaatje, will remember that if you stick with me, that we'll eventually get to town and that the sideroads will be rewarding in themselves. They're all part of the bigger picture.
Shhhhhhhh ...I've almost lost myself ;)
Epiphanies. Yes. Well, just one is enough at the time.
I blog simply because the PROCESS fascinates me far more than the end product.
I'm going to put that statement in bold and I'm even going to make it my Blog Ethos.
This statement holds for knitting, for patchwork, for reading, for learning music, for doing ceramics and for life itself.
Of course I love the satisfaction and fulfilment of a good finish. I enjoy looking at a job well done. BUT I frankly would rather encase the process of its production in a beautifully curated photobook then actually look at the thing itself. The thing itself I usually happily gift away and let it go on its merry way.
It is the minutiae of life that enthralls me. The thousand tiny steps and choices and plans and decisions and reversals and the trying again that makes for the richness of the grand tapestry. Ordinary lives lived ordinarily
This is why I have started sooooo many blogs. I have seen so many possibilities and it is in the act of creativity of producing the blogs that I feel that I am most creatively alive!
Each creative choice to pick that image, to select that colour, to choose that particular shape, when recorded over time, form chapters in a creative narrative that viewers are invited to share in.
That's what blogging is all about. An interactive narrative. The Comment function allows us to interact, especially if I am on my toes and getting back to you promptly.
My first online avatar involved the idea of swimming to the beat of a different bubble.
It's still a beautiful ocean online here and in the last seven years I've met some wonderful creatures out here in the deep. I can't see myself stopping swimming and exploring the depths anytime soon.