Saturday, November 21, 2015
Here in Australia the Melbourne Cup is over and many of you are without a doubt still busy with hats for race meetings coming up over the summer.
As the year comes to an end, people around the globe might be busy also with holiday festive preparations, finishing studies , preparing for holidays and starting to reflect on the year gone buy.
In one way or another the year would have had its challenges for the individual, committees and the world as we have just seen with the latest attacks in Paris and the ongoing killings around the globe.
It did for me. I had my fair share of laughter and tears.
I have always made sense of the world by seeing problems through metaphors, connecting to nature and finding solace and comfort by looking at a bird, flower or touching a tree when things got tough. Another way for dealing with my hurts and sadness was always to use art, creativity and the main therapy, hat making, to release emotions and for balancing and integrating destructive behavior around me and within me.
We all seem to have an opinion on how to fix a perceived problem and often with very little background information or real solution. It’s easy to point out the obvious; what’s wrong. It’s much harder to change habits, beliefs and behavior ingrained through generations and handed down through our DNA, environment and communities we grow up in and which choices we make for ourselves as we live OUR lives.
The whole world is crying for recognition, respect, appreciation............love..
YES It would be wonderful to learn by receiving such values from the beginning of our life until the end and some of us are lucky enough to have more rather than not enough of it through our life situations. Many of us have like myself have a chance to change it if we live in an amazing country like Australia.
The world could be a better place when we manage to learn how to appreciate others each time we speak before pointing out what's wrong .
It takes 4-5 positive things to say to cancel out 1 negative.
Our daily goabouts brings us in contact with a merit of interesting situation s and people, just like hat making where the images of what to create and how to handle the material is only limited by me doing it and me creating it. Each time I thrive for balance and reinvention of the old.
Hats are not unlike people.
There are refined hats made with exquisite fine woven materials. They are getting rarer as we speak, the weavers who make them getting old and fewer and with them goes the skill and willingness to invest time in making time consuming products.
There are hats made from common materials readily to be able to be sourced and the beauty and finish lies in how the material gets blocked, shaped and decorated to achieve a sense of individuality. The more we understand about hat making the better the hat is stitched, is light and fits balanced on the head without hurting when wearing.
And there are hats made from new materials entering the millinery industry with fibers which have not been known to be used before. Thermoplastics, fly wire, 3D printing, metal and wood, materials from the hard ware store and the list goes on. Those materials require an openness and willingness by the maker to explore its possibilities and ability of movement and wearability. Just like new people come into our lives we know very little about can only show us who they are once given time to get to know them by showing patients and a sense of compassion for their stories. Just as much the material I have not worked with before and do not know much about it might through adding a bit of water or steam into a master piece of beauty. By learning and adding more skills to our craft we grow as people and grow as makers. Materials come and go, there will always be new therefore learning cannot ever stop if we want to wear hats which are not the same as one another.
Off course we can stay safe in our comfort zone and not take the risk to change. We can carry on using only what we know. I guess I also tend to do this in many ways in my life as it is the most comfortable thing to do. It is each time when I start making a hat again or show someone how to make a hat I remember! ..........I have a choice again, another chance to learn and try something new. I do NOT need to repeat what I did yesterday. Now right NOW I can say, do or create something I have not done before. Each time I open my mouth to speak, use my hand to stitch, open my eyes to see my heart feels something and it is the heart which makes the hats which moves us. I am the creator of my hat and my life. If I don’t like the hat, I work on it. If I don’t like what shows up in my life all the time, I work on it. How? By being open to see and feel. Hats encompass all this for me. After all art of hats is in the HeArT.
The Torb and Reiner team