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Meandering Trails

Posted on: Monday, July 29, 2013

Fallen plums with rooftop moss in my neighborhood

I have this small problem when I am working on long terms projects. I spot little events and happenings on a daily basis, and this is almost a distraction from the work that I am trying so diligently to complete. I have learned to simply view these moments as signs that all is on track or flowing, but I will not deny that random beauty is also a major distraction for me.

Silver-toned lichen on Mount Vitosha in Bulgaria

Lichen covered rocks on the ascent to Cherni Vruh

Yesterday morning during a hike on Mount Vitosha, I tried to simply focus on the trail and the breezes that cooled me off during a hot July excursion. But as usual, complex textures and subtle hues would make me stop dead in my tracks.


Mountain wildflowers and lichen on Mount Vitosha

I even carried these wildflowers and lichen fragments halfway down the mountain before documenting their exquisite fusion and nesting them in a shady pocket along a stone wall.

I like the idea that 'drifting fiber' and 'drawing with fiber' are acts that keep pulling me through space. I also like the scale shifts that occur when something typically overlooked or cast-off becomes the focus of an experience. All trails inevitably seem to connect for me, and this creative course still demonstrates momentum and direction despite the 'getting there'.

2 comments:

Hannah Lamb said...

I too suffer from distractions, but I wonder if we should embrace them somehow? Can we let layers of thinking, looking and concentration appear in our work?

Abigail Doan said...

I completely agree, Hannah. I guess that this was what I was after with this post. Layers are inevitably part of the process, regardless of how we each choose to let them surface. Thanks for the input and feedback! ~ A.

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