If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if

from the head, almost nothing.

~Marc Chagall

A flock of birds on the sand at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.   [caption id="attachment_9198" align="aligncenter" width="850"]Woven cotton brocade work on a back-strap loom from Oaxaca. This beautiful woven brocade work comes from a book I'm gathering much inspiration from called, "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art," from the collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex.[/caption] A woman looking into the eyes of her new niece.   Miles and miles of trees with Spanish Moss from South Carolina. [caption id="attachment_9199" align="aligncenter" width="850"]A Mexican weaver's hands lay on top of her colorful dress and weaving project. This is a cut from an image in the book, "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art," from the collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9185" align="aligncenter" width="846"]Betsy, Iya, and baby Charlotte admiring my necklace. Betsy, Iya, and baby Charlotte admiring my necklace.[/caption] An colorful design book sits next to a design sketchbook with the peaceful woods as a background. A wooden pathway beside the dunes of Kiawah Island. [caption id="attachment_9188" align="aligncenter" width="480"]A sweet Peruvian American baby and her proud Aunt. My beautiful niece wears a knitted sweater from one of her Peruvian relatives. How could I NOT gather inspiration from this little thing.[/caption] I made a quick decision to join my family on the Island of Kiawah (off the coast of South Carolina) last weekend. I wanted to reconnect, to have some space to think, to dream big for this next collection. I needed to step out of my head for a minute, share coffee with my longtime coffee-mates (mom/sis) , hold my niece (who's initials are CEO, btw), rediscover the roots, feel that momentum. Everything that I do informs the work. Then the work will go where it wants to go. It becomes my ultimate task then to listen and follow it.

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some

a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside

yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.

~ Lou Dorfsman

I came back feeling reinvigorated with a sketchbook full of new work. Family, I love you so. Your~ bets ***Song of the Moment: Whale, by Yellow Ostrich***  

1 thoughts on Kiawah Island Escape (slash: Design Retreat).

maba:

I love it! Beautiful girls and beautiful blog! :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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