Thursday, January 03, 2008

January Take It Further Challenge

The concept for January is the feeling of admiration for someone. I have been thinking about people I admire. The first person who came into my mind is Debra Boswell, one of the founders of the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. She has dedicated her whole life to the welfare and care of unwanted animals here in Jackson, and I think she is a wonderful woman. I thought about my two friends, Katie and Rissa, who are both very strong, forthright, and caring women. You always know where you stand with them, but neither would deliberately hurt someone. :o) I thought about my daughter, who I admire for having the gumption to leave home and move to Kentucky for a year, and who came back home an independent young woman. I thought about Shekhinah Mountainwater, who followed her heart to work as a Priestess, reaching out to woman with her gentle Goddess teachings. Masa Tamura, who founded the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta with her husband, is a wonderful teacher, and is someone else I greatly admire.

So now I am thinking about what all these people have in common, the qualities I admire in them. I have come up with: devotion to a cause, dream, or art form, compassion, courage, tenacity, and an ability to speak what is on your mind without caring what other people think.

And what does this admiration feel like to me? It is a warm feeling inside, a bright, energetic feeling, a feeling of inspiration.

Now to translate these thoughts and feelings to a design that can be interpreted through fabric and embroidery. :o)


Rissa said...

Awwww that was so nice...I have been thinking about the challenge too...and I am not sure how I can execute it, but I have some ideas.

Barbara Hagerty said...

I can't wait to see all these unique interpretations take shape! Sounds like you're off to a great start!