After many months of not posting anything, Tim Minchin's 2013 commencement address has inspired me. Minchin, I've just learned, is a famous Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian, and writer.
In the space of seven minutes Pema Chödrön offers a reassuring perspective on faith, love, hate, awakening, peace, kinship, perfection, sanity, suffering, meditation, and happiness. Powerful ideas to contemplate in these hurtful times.
Often when I'm doing handwork I watch—or at least listen to— videos. They range from Louis CK doing standup to multiple seasons of "The Good Wife" or "The Gilmore Girls" to TED Talks. In fact, I probably watch the TED Talks more than anything else. Recently, while stitching a few Tyvec bags for gift-giving (see above), I experienced two of my favorite Talks (see below) ever.
Travel writer and essayist Pico Iyer reminds us that "In an age of constant motion, nothing is so urgent as sitting still."
And StoryCorps founder Dave Isay urges us to to take time to ask friends, family, and even strangers about their lives. About his StoryCorps experience, he explains, "I've learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the worlds of people all around us when we simply take time to listen. " Learn more about StoryCorps and the Great Thanksgiving Listen here.
Finally, if you are curious about the zip-up pouches above, check out Maya Donenfeld's short class on Creativebug. I was able to let go of most of my perfectionist tendencies when I was making mine—perhaps because the Tyvec is such prosaic material—and that made the process really fun and easy for me. (Enter the code COZYCRAFTS when you sign up during November and everything on the site is free for a month.)
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well" (Virginia Woolf)—and other interesting ideas/links:
The three lists you should make when considering a new project, according to marketing expert Seth Godin.
Johanna Batsford, the creator of the best-selling coloring books The Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, talks about her drawing style and inspiration in this short video. Plus you get to see her workspace (which I love).
I'm pretty devoted to these guided meditations with Deepak Chopra. Every couple of months he offers a free 21-day series. but in between, there are always sample meditations available on the site at no charge. Each meditation is 15 - 20 minutes.
The Spoonflower Handbook goes on sale on September 1. I remember feeling overwhelmed when I first visited the Spoonflower site, but this book spells out how to design your own fabric (and wallpaper and gift wrap) for them to print on demand for you in very simple, clear language (and it's not hard at all). The Food for Thought table runner above is one of the many projects in the book.
I posted a few posters I designed while I was at RISD in July. Check them out here.