[Day 14, Writing101. Write about a word on page 29 of the nearest book.]
The nearest book is on a shelf over my left shoulder. It is on a shelf with a book on Tai Chi, Laughing, and one on the Tarot. The one I touched first is called Ribbon Basics, by Mary Jo Hiney & Joy Anckner. It is a book on needlework. The word that jumps out at me, on page 29, is: DIAGRAM.
Let me say that I love needlework almost as much as I love writing.
The difference, now that I think about it, in Writing and Needlework is related– and in some ways reaches a similar goal, which is expression of myself. In writing all that is really needed is a pencil and paper, or a computer keyboard or equivalent. Written material flows from deep within me, as with any writer…it stems from a memory or a correlation or a spark of a word or phrase, or picture.
When it comes to needlework of any kind, my original ideas are few and far between. Faced with a blank piece of fabric I have no idea where to begin. Add a variety of colored thread or yarn, I might be able to produce a very simple piece of art, limited to a geometric design or a stick-figure outline. A simple flower-like design could be in storage in my brain, but when it comes to free-form art creation that just isn’t in my talent box.
So what is needed for someone like me to produce a work of art that could approach gift-quality, would require a DIAGRAM. In my instruction book at hand, the authors have created wonderfully beautiful wall-hangings and pictures, bouquets fashioned with deftness of hands and creativity that could only be genetic in artistic accomplishment.
Sure, I could create something that would approach a piece of needlework that could be acceptable…say to my mother or a beloved aunt…who would cherish it as something that had been created by Me. The worth of it would be sentimental, or possibly it could have some intrinsic value if I used gold thread on precious antique velvet. It would never be a collectors’ item, or be displayed in a museum…unless the maker were famous for some other pursuit–not for embroidery skills or working with ribbon.
The Diagrams in this book are intricate and precise, and the results breath-taking in their beauty even on the printed page.
To draw an analogy here, I suppose one could draw a parallel with Life–perhaps an opposite effect. Life does not come with a diagram, with colors and spaces all mapped out to fill in various stages of living skills. Life evolves spontaneously, with guidance and influence–to be sure–but the finshed product (or perhaps I should better say the “work in progress” can not be set out in a diagram as can be a needlepoint picture.