(Part 2 of “My Love Affair . . . . )
Sometimes the best way to tell a story is without words. That’s why music and art have such power to touch the heart and soul. Yesterday I mentioned to one of my “long distance” friends that I often wish I could speak in musical notation. That way I could say five things at once, all in harmony. Because there are times when it is challenging at best to tell a story one event at a time.
One of my goals for this new year is to invest a bit more time in telling my own story . . . . I’ve invested hundreds and hundreds of hours over the past several years encouraging other writers to tell their stories, and I’ve helped edit, publish, and promote the writing of others that it just seems like the right time to remember that I have a story to tell. too.
But that can seem quite overwhelming and intimidating! I know that many writers feel some level of anxiety when they first send their manuscript to me for editing . . . . apparently there are editors out here who can be rather harsh and critical. As a teacher first, however, I tend to look on my tasks as an editor to be primarily instructive. So I always want my writers to know why we have to fix a split infinitive, or correct a prepositional phrase, or eliminate a comma splice. I love having the opportunity to encourage other writers, because I know that every story is important to someone. But as I contemplate taking a journey into a frequently dark and sad place where I will have to go if I am ever to write my own story, it just feels way too scary. Perhaps that is why I have decided to be gentle with my heart and begin to express the truth and the sadness through wordless story telling.
I’ve been working on a couple of art journals that are filled with paint, paper, ribbons, lace, buttons (my favorite!), and of course glitter. That has been great fun and rather expressive – in much the same way I have found with filling scrap books with photographs and memories from long ago – but since I also love to sew, I thought it might be fun to create an art journal from fabric . . . . .
As I was researching the various creations of other fiber artists, I came across fabric books that are absolutely gorgeous! The ones I’ve seen are all created completely of various fabrics, fibers, ribbons, lace, and all other embellishments that are typically used for sewing garments or home decor designs.
But I wanted to create a journal that could incorporate both the beauty of fiber art with the practical and fun possibilities of filling it with paper, paint, and glue. And glitter. And buttons. So I created the cover from two layers of ivory linen I had left over from another project and put a piece of quilt batting in between. Then it was really fun to design the front and back covers, complete with pockets for stashing memorabilia that I didn’t want to glue or stitch down.
I began this project several weeks ago, as documented in a previous post, “My Love Affair . . . . ,” and I have made some changes to this beautiful lace book journal and finished off the inside pages. It’s now time to start the next lace book which is already for me to put together out in the sewing studio. I hope to have time to work on it this afternoon.
This is the beginning of my journey to tell my story – but for now, it will be a story in stitches. Eventually, I trust that I will venture into the memories without fear or overwhelming anxiety, and it will come out in words. Until then, we’ll just go with a story in stitches.
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