But occasionally it can be something more.
Case in point: a recent experience I had with Tina Francis‘ wonderful work. I’ve been following her for a long time now, and I so enjoy it when one of her new creations pops up in my newsfeed on Facebook! Since I discovered her work, I’ve had the feeling that one day, something would call to me, and it would be the moment to add something of hers to my collection.
I have a deep connection with the moon, and with lunar events. La luna’s power over the ocean speaks to me – ebb and flow – rising and falling tides. I always find a full moon, a lunar eclipse, or a new moon a special time for reflection and transformation. I’d hazard a guess that many of you can relate to this.
I saw this beautiful set of Tina’s ceramic art beads the other day, along with the following quote she shared (as she always does with her pieces):
“The sea is calm to-night. The tide is full, the moon lies fair upon the straits.” — Matthew Arnold
With yesterday’s new moon on the horizon – I knew that they were my beads, and I bought them immediately.
I love everything Tina makes, and of course, I thought they were incredible beads… but in this case, it was those words that made the difference.
And I think that happens more often than we realize. Someone may enjoy what you do, but one day, suddenly, something resonates deeply with them and it’s meant to be.
Many of the artists I most admire weave little stories and magical thoughts around their art. Mary Jane Dodd’s work is another beautiful example. Not too long ago, she shared this mesmerizing photo of her latest creation:
along with the following words:
Just four words. But so powerful and so inspiring. The poetry she writes to accompany each piece offers insight into her unique way as an artist, the ideas that guide her creative evolution, and the spirit behind all the truly special things she makes.
Marina Rios of Fanciful Devices often unearths an unusual word, full of meaning and wonder, and uses that in the title of her pieces. This incredible assemblage lariat she created she called ‘Degrassé’:
And in the description of the piece, she included the following definition:
Degrassé- adj. entranced and unsettled by the vastness of the universe
-Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
When we go to great lengths to honor those details that are so important to us, at times we may wonder whether it makes a difference to anyone else. It may, or it may not. That it matters to you is reason enough. But if a tiny extra detail one day means a great deal to even one person – and it surely will – to me, that makes the extra effort worthwhile.
It could be something special that you tuck into each of your packages. A philosophy that you share along with your work. A quote. A word. A poem. A handwritten note providing a few extra details. An unusual glaze, or shape, or style of painting or hammering. Taking the time to share the energetic properties of a certain stone or material you have used in your piece. Telling the story of your creative process and your development as an artist. Sharing the source of your inspiration and the things that make your soul sing.
I recently fell in love with an inspiring talk that Oprah Winfrey gave as part of her SuperSoul Sessions. You can watch the full video here, but my very favorite part was as follows – when she said:
Although she wasn’t speaking about creativity in particular, I am convinced that the idea of being uniquely who you are – as you honor the details in your work that are important to you – is a wonderful foundation for creating extra-special things that capture the imagination.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Until next time…