“ ...art is its own meaning.
Keep your ideas daring,
slow down and get lost once in awhile —
the good stuff will come,
and this is the real reward.
The compulsion to create is unstoppable.
It’s a need that has to be filled."
"A true healer does not heal you;
she simply reflects back to you your innate capacity to heal.
She is a reflector,
or a loving transparency.
A true teacher does not teach you;
she does not see you as inherently separate from her.
She simply reflects back your own inner knowing,
and reminds you of the vastness of your being.
She is a mirror, a signpost.
And love is the space in which all of this is possible;
and we learn best in a loving field,
no threat of failure,
The product of creative hands has the power to change lives.
The process of the creative mind is transformative.
An encounter with a creative heart is life-giving.
There is a desire, an urge, a calling, within each of us
to do the things which help us to become fully human.
Perhaps it is to draw our attention to the falsities in our lives.
Maybe, we are invited to challenge the status quo.
Or are we asked to uncover the truth about our true nature.
The media we use to explore and express ourselves
may be handed down through generation;
or through traditions and rituals;
or by serendipity - a chance encounter.
However and whatever the means,
we have a duty to use our creativity for the common good;
to contribute to the fulfillment of our lives and those we encounter.
How wonderful that creativity transcends
ethnicity, religiosity, gender, age,
parentage, education, motivation,
marital status, employment status, social status,
political orientation, power structures.
Not only transcends,
creativity is enriched and enlivened
by all these things.
How do we honour artists and artisans and craftspeople?
How do we acknowledge their giftedness?
Creativity is a uniquely human endeavour.
Our lives are daily enriched by the creative ideas and works of others.
The fruits of creative minds and artistic souls
enable us to live well and consciously in our place.
I am a doll-maker; a doll interpreter; a doll activist, perhaps, using this medium to reflect on the human condition.