Rebecca Bluestone

Today I took off a couple of hours from work to go hear Rebecca Bluestone talk on the subject of “Intuition and the Process of Creative Expression”. I was interested in her talk both because I admire her work and because her topic is something that I lecture about too. Rebecca Bluestone is a contemporary tapestry weaver living in Santa Fe. Her tapestries are contemplative color studies woven in her own hand dyed silk and according to Bluestone evolve intuitively. Her work is included in an impressive roster of collections, including the Denver Art Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, and the private collection of Robert Redford. To view her work and learn more about her:

Here are some of the nuggets I came away with that are important to think about. “Imagination is the link between our internal world and our external world.” “You don’t think up creativity, you access it.” “When you can link the conscious with the unconscious, life gets very interesting.” “When you are connected you are fully alive.” It was Ms Bluestone’s comments about the importance of engagement that spoke to me. That is, it is the level of your engagement that is the judge of whether you are on the right path. Your system (the unconscious) knows if what you are doing is what you should be doing long before your conscious self catches up. Paying attention to your engagement is key to finding your intended path. When fully engaged, we are fully connected and alive. I believe she is right about this. And as creative beings, this is a recipe for all parts of our lives. I thank Ms Bluestone for this insight.

BTW: Rebecca weaves all of her pieces on a 6 ft 4-shaft Cranbrook Loom. I felt humble and proud to have this legacy in common.The illustration above is an outtake from my book Time to Weave. It is a Turks head knot holding a pine needle bundle. I include it with this entry because it was one of the pieces I did for my book that seemed particularly contemplative.

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.