This week after work has been spent editing the article I am writing on developmental approaches and autism. It is an intellectual labor, I am slow, and I don’t love the work. That is,I didn’t love it until I realized that what I was doing was crafting my words….looking at a sentence, trying to pare it down, trying to say what I want to say in as few words as possible. The art teacher at one of my schools has a quote on her wall that says, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”. That is also true of crafting words…a writer wants his/her words to reach the audience of readers, to allow them to understand one’s point of view, and the do this as succinctly as possible. When I write, I often use too many words and try to write EVERYTHING I KNOW about a subject….because I want the readers to know and believe/accept what I believe. (as if that is even possible in this world). So I slowly craft a sentence, a paragraph, write the correct citation, and then move on to the next paragraph. This is the 3rd edit of this article that I am writing with two colleagues, one in Michigan and one in California….so we use email and phone calls to edit. I have many more hours to go on this project, because it is not an easy thing for me to do.
But on Thursday night I took time off to work with fabric.
These yellows and greens are alternately printed with green lines and maroon dots, then maroon lines and green dots….the first thing I made from this is this:
I have lots more fabric left and I am thinking of doing a small art piece with it, but I think I need more colors and shapes….and time! Maybe later this afternoon….I also machine quilted this card and am hoping to quilt my art piece.