Sunday, September 16, 2012

On not comparing yourself with others . . .

I know we shouldn't compare ourselves with others.  It doesn't matter if they're weavers, spinners, quilters, painters, or dancers; there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself, as Max Ehrmann wrote in Desiderata.  (Anyone remember that poem from the 1970's?  I had a big poster of  it in my apartment and thought it held all the wisdom of the world.)

So instead of writing  I'll never be as good as this guy,  I'll just say Wow, when it comes to design, no one, and I mean NO ONE, can do it better than this guy!  

Take a look:

"Tapestry in the Grapevines"

"Tapestry . . ." partially sunlit.

And this work, more loosely woven and by a different artist, is more in the style of a crazy quilt or scrappy patchwork:

"Radial Steps"

Both of these artists credit a long line of maternal ancestors for their inherited skill and artistry.

"It's just in my blood," said one.


  1. Wish my ancestors had passed on blood so talented!!

    1. Dear "Anonymous,"
      Thanks for your comments -- I love getting them! Do I know you?
      I agree with you -- how 'bout those ancestors?!