“If we don’t transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it ” Richard Rohr
So you may be wondering what has transforming pain got to do with “Just Making Art” well, at the moment I am engrossed in a book entitled The Treads of Life : A history of the World Through The Eye of Needle by Clare Hunter and in it the author describes the
(mostly untutored) textile work of various embroiders who used the skill of stitching cloth as a way of attempting alleviate and hopefully transform their pain. Its a beautifully written book and well worth reading.
I can understand this mode of self soothing .
Recently I’ve taken to stitching out my anxieties and find it really helps to use hand eye coordination to feel more grounded.