Power Builders 02.13.15

With Power Builders, I’ll be providing creative links each week. This is Week #2. If you’d like to see last week’s, you can find it here.

I call this series “Power Builders” because that’s what these little items do for me. They make me more powerful in my art and in my life. I hope they do the same for you. Some of the links will be about how other creative people use their time, structure their work, find inspiration. Some may be videos, music, or podcasts to inspire you. Some of it will be directly quilt-related but much of it will not. What you see in Power Builders will depend on what I find. Feel free to link great things in comments, too.

1) I loved this story of how a children’s book’s illustrations came to be. Note the discussion about how the illustrations have their own language.

2)  Here is an article about an amazing artist who decided to draw our worst fears. And here is the direct link to some of her art at the Fear Project.

3) Speaking of fears, Tara Mohr writes about what feedback can teach us, if we listen.

4) How to make toast. Most importantly, please watch the TED talk.

5) My post from several months ago about using your gifts.


Photo by Jim Ruebush. Aran Islands, Ireland, 2011.

This is one of my all-time favorite vacation pictures. I love the brilliant yellow contrasting with vivid red; the textures, smooth glass, feathers, peeling paint, bumpy stucco; long shadows cast from chicken butts by the high mid-day sun. The signs in the window, one commanding us to “GET INTO IT.” I even love the proportions of the photo, with how Jim cropped it to frame the chickens in the center.

Get inspired by the world around you! What has inspired you this week?

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