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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

Everyone of us has a capacity to create, to be creative. We need to act on it.  Tapping into that deep well, exploring the unknown, letting the mystery unfold. The act itself is the end, the purpose. No answers, no right or wrong. Mere expression to release what yearns to come out of each of us, our spirit.

I’ve been interested in book arts for a while. Yesterday, I finally jumped in and took a class on stitching a leather journal. There’s something about working with your hands and seeing parts become a whole. Some thread, scraps of leather and paper merging into something tangible. Not sure how it will all come together, yet it does. Wandering a path with guidance but no map, the destination is found. Create.

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  1. This is fantastic! I just put a book on my kindle (irony??) about book arts…I would love to learn book binding, etc. Great post!

    December 8, 2013
  2. Once done it can become your journal. A blessing from your hands, to fill from your mind, and heart…

    December 8, 2013
  3. Beautiful journal!!! The former student who visited mom the other day bought her a Cross pen and a gorgeous brown leather journal with hand-made paper!!!!

    December 8, 2013
  4. It took me much too long to come to the realization that “creating” was one of the key things missing in my life. In fact, it probably isn’t coincidental that the title of my very first blog post was “Waking up the creative mind”.

    Between writing and playing the guitar, allowing my mind and soul to create with no expectations or stipulations about the end product has added a new dimension to my life that has allowed all the other parts to flow so much better.

    This is awesome advice for anyone! Thanks for the wonderful reminder 😉

    December 9, 2013
    • Thanks so much for thoughtful reply! Create and cast light.

      December 9, 2013

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