During Lent here at Suburban Presbyterian Church, we are exploring the
creative and liturgical arts, with classes and speakers dealing with
storytelling, iconography, dance, visual art, writing, and so on. The
theme is "A Beautiful Thing," inspired by the story of the woman
anointing Jesus and his declaration that "She has done a beautiful
thing for me." (Mark 14, NIV)
We are working on the notion
that everything we do can be considered a beautiful thing–a creative
offering to God–whether it’s gardening or scrapbooking or accounting
or sorting clothes at the clothes closet or child-rearing. And so:
1. Would you call yourself "creative"? Why or why not?
I do think of myself as a creative person. Once upon a time I was the little girl teachers called smart, but day-dreamy. The inner realms and the outer possibilities intrigue me, particularly, as I wrote earlier today, in the language of symbols and archetypes. I had some trouble figuring out how to express my creative urges and berated myself for being "bad" at some of the avenues of expression I tried. But in the middle of my life, I have a very different list, and I am happy with it.
2. Share a creative or artistic pursuit you currently do that you’d like to develop further.
It will come as no surprise that writing and knitting are my two primary creative pursuits outside of my professional work (which is also creative), and I imagine I will continue to develop both.
3. Share a creative or artistic pursuit you have never done but would like to try.
Spinning. I think it would be wonderful to spin and then knit what has been spun. I suspect this will have to wait until I retire, as it is time-consuming.
4. Complete this sentence: "I am in awe of people who can QUILT."
I don’t think I have the eyesight or the fine motor skills for hand-quilting, but I admire and esteem quilters. I love the idea of putting together a fabric picture, then covering it with tiny stitches.
Share about a person who has encouraged your creativity, who has
"called you to your best self." (I’m pretty sure that’s from the Gospel
I would have to say Pure Luck, who simply by his presence encouraged me to look at the world differently and to express different parts of myself outside my own head, causing a ripple effect of expressed creative urges in my life. He’s a fantastic writer, and I wish he would take another crack at the story he wrote a few years ago about a boy and a dragon and send it out somewhere.