At a glance we take in what we need to get by immediately. But what happens if we start to ask questions about what we see? What do we really see? Color would be the first thing of impact to be seen but there is so much more.
The Piece O'Cake partnership has evolved, truly evolved with all of us. Aside from what we think we see, we also might think we know how something is done. I think this might be expectation. We expect certain thing. I thought we'd be doing applique the Piece O'Cake way.www.pieceocake.com www.pieceocake.com Instead, we were learning to think and see just a bit differently.
There's no denying that Becky took control of the group. We discussed color and value in order to compose our backgrounds. Creativity is one thing but combine creativity with organized thought and well, move over Madonna, I have a new idol! (not that I love everything Madonna did but I did admire the way she craftily changed her image and recreated herself year after year)
If the truth be told, I usually find workshops confusing. However, not this one. Once all the machines were plugged in and the emergency exits pointed out I was off and running....forget about those rusty wheels and get to it with a bit of a push from Becky. Some things we do leave an indelible mark on our lives and this workshop was one. For starters, I feel as though my cobweb mind of a tortured renovator were swept away as the excitement of creative process took over. The wheels cranked slowly into action and then took off inspired by what I THOUGHT I saw!
The Ground was growing. What is truly fascinating is how we all look at the same thing and see something slightly different....is it different or is it simply MORE? Color, value, scale all play important roles and particularly when we are doing applique.
Day two of the workshop took on a different style of learning all together...applique technique. Regardless of everyone's starting skill level we all sat and absorbed the fabulous techniques that Becky carefully outlined for us.
Regardless of what we saw when we looked at this quilt before and regardless of what we thought we knew before...life now is enriched. I don't know what was particularly different about what I was doing before but now what I see is something completely (and I mean COMPLETELY!) different. Before applique was a means to an end. I went through the process mechanically using techniques I had "seen" before. After two days with Becky I feel like a needle woman for the first time. I get the tehnique, well most of it anyway and although some still needs practice I think I'll remember the important bits as time goes on.
OK. So that is where Becky left my head but lets go back to the woman. WOW. In control, focused, professional and creative. How does that happen? Is that right and left brain working in tandem? In the workshops we sat quietly, focused and intent on soaking up everything little thing Becky said. I absolutely gave my mind over and loved it as did everyone in the room.