“Everything we touch we transform.”

Judith Mackenzie said this on several occasions over three days of intense spinning.

A good teacher is a generous one, and Judith Mackenzie is a very, very good teacher!

She referred to the women in the class as a “library”, keepers of knowledge. And repeatedly she said, “You are the makers of the cloth.”

There is a lot to this. The knowledge and skill of working with our hands is not only passed along in words. There is observing, and trying something just that little bit out of reach, letting the hands adjust to a new way of moving. In my case on several occasions during the class, adjusting to not moving. Watching a master artist at work was humbling. The skill of her teaching was clear when she convinced all of us in the room that what she does is directly within our reach. This was not a time to take refuge in inadequacy! I had a real breakthrough, if you can call it that, when it was pointed out that my equipment had it’s limits. One tends, at least I tend, to assume that if a skill is hard to learn it is somehow the fault of the learner, that there is something that I just couldn’t  do. A simple, “this wheel has it’s limits,” with an explanation of those limits, some ways to work around it, a few words of encouragement sincerely said, and my mind was blown.

This can become –

which can become something like this!

(These are different fibres done at different times, with different things in mind.)

4 thoughts on ““Everything we touch we transform.”

  1. sunshine March 7, 2012 / 7:56 pm

    That is so beautiful!! I like the colour, I wonder what your gonna make with it?

  2. mikey March 7, 2012 / 8:08 pm

    Thanks Sunshine! I haven’t decided what to do with it yet, do you have any thoughts about it? Hmm, what are you working on these days? See you soon! Mikey

  3. Carole March 7, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    very nice!!!!

    • mikey March 7, 2012 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Mom! It was a very good workshop to say the least.

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