In this episode, Jeanne is talking with artist, author, and teacher Deanne Fitzpatrick. For 6 podcasts we are doing something really special and different. Deanne and I have each chosen three topics that are relevant to us right now. These talks are between two friends that cherish the heart of the other and we hope you will join in the conversation too. In this episode we are talking about being and creating in times of transition/seasons.
“Each time I make a rug, I create a new design. In many of my pieces I tell stories or express ideas about the world. In my work the thing that matters most is making great rugs. I hook nearly every day. I cannot stop myself, I like the feel of wool slipping through my fingers.
I have learned that craft and handmade can totally change the way you view the world. I believe that I have helped as many people by teaching them how to hook rugs and embrace their own creativity as I would have as a therapist, a career I began in my twenties. My style of rug hooking, with its meditative qualities, and its freedom from rules adds beauty to our world and is therapeutic on its own. It is joyful, powerful and transformative. It is not about being perfect, it is about creating beauty everyday.
In addition to hooking rugs, I love to write. I have written seven books about rug hooking and creativity and I recently released, Meditations for Makers, featuring daily meditations for rug hookers.
I love land, especially fields. I find that a bunch of scrub and brush are beautiful things. It changes all day long with the light and I love to depict this in my work. My goal to live simply, and make hooked rugs that are unmistakably art.” Deanne
Podcast 046 | Seasons with Deanne Fitzpatrick
“I think you do go into seasons where there’s an ebb and flow, and I think there are times that we can think if we’re not doing that one thing that used to be so abundant, “Are we still creative?” I think it’s then saying, “How can I be creative now in a different way?” 2:40
“There’s definitely seasons in my creativity just like there is with life.” 4:30
“I think sometimes we tell ourselves in transition times that we don’t have choices.” 7:56
“I know who I am, and I know what I was made to do, and I can do that anywhere.” 8:20
“Fear is biggest when we’re in transition and when seasons are changing.” 9:50
“It’s ok to feel lost sometimes and it’s ok to not have your footing, but are we kind to ourselves during those times? Do we have grace in that time, and who are we listening to?” 10:27
“Are the people we’re listening to, are they speaking life over us and our situation?” 11:40
“I don’t think I’ve ever not made things better by simplifying more.” 13:27
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