In 2018 I went to the Envision Festival here in Costa Rica not far from my home. It is an eclectic and progressive four day festival featuring hundreds of workshops in subjects ranging from herbalism to yoga to how to change the world, mixed in with lots of concerts and dancing. And art.
Lots of art, everywhere, from the welcome portal to the stage decor to the bodies of festival participants. The entire place and everyone in it is a big work of expressive art. AND, in the middle of all that is an art gallery featuring a beautiful array of visionary creative artists. And just outside the Gallery, the artists set up “live art” installations, creating works of art in the midst of the swirling pulse of the festival. When I walked through that Gallery, I immediately had a dream to see my handwoven artwork there next year and to bring my loom there to create something magical.
At the time, it seemed like a rather far fetched goal, as I didn’t even have a body of work to show in a Gallery setting. At that time, I had been primarily weaving fabric for one of a kind, art-to-wear clothing. But then and there I set out on weaving a new collection of wall hangings that has been my main focus for the past year.
The most recent piece I created in that series, which is called the “Encoded Magic” series, is this piece entitled “Envision Your Dreams a Reality”.
And I started work on it just after I received notice that I had been selected out of hundreds of applicants to be one of the 25 featured artists in the Envision 2019 Gallery. My dream was becoming a reality!
This piece features the encoded phrase that I had been working with the entire past year as I was focusing on this goal.
ENVISION YOUR DREAMS A REALITY
Envisioning with as much clarity as I could what it would look like to have my work hanging in the Gallery, how I would feel being there, the people I would meet, etc.
In a larger sense, however, this not just about one of my dreams, is about creating a new world. If we have a dream of how things could be better, either for our own personal life or for the world at large, we must envision it in detail. Vague goals are harder to achieve than specific, detailed ones. If we are to create a new, better world, we must begin by envisioning exactly what we want to create. Envision it and embody it as if it is already happening. This is the first step to put our manifesting powers in motion.
This is a primary focus of the Envision Festival, and why the festival has the name it does. So this piece is one artistic representation out of many that reflect this aspiration.
I also created a “live weaving” installation piece on site with my small 4 shaft portable loom. In this interactive piece I invited people to write on strips of fabric what their dreams and visions were. I then wove each of these dreams into the fabric, creating a potent, prayerful woven tapestry of visions. People were moved and grateful to have this opportunity to be an active part of this metaphor of “DREAMWEAVING”. And, this was an incredibly satisfying experience for me as an artist.
I may in fact, be the only person in the world who has brought a floor loom to an electronic music festival and woven throughout the night. (in a bikini, and sometimes with other funky festival adornments such as a unicorn horn) A unique honor, indeed!
On the last night of the festival in particular, I wove throughout the entire night, completely immersed in the creative process…..dancing and weaving and holding space as a creative catalyst for all these dreams to become a reality. I truly felt tapped into an interactive dance with the cosmos. At dawn, when I cut this piece off the loom, I felt such a beautiful sense of creative accomplishment for believing enough in my vision to keep working through all the steps necessary to make it a reality. In this moment I felt overwhelming gratitude and clarity on being exactly where I needed to be on my life path as an artist. It is a very special and cherished moment for me! And the finished pieces are a potent embodiment of all the prayers, all the visions, and all the dreams on their way to reality. Dreamweaving, for real.
I believe all this comes through in the works of this series, and I hope that clarity and empowerment comes through to the viewer as well. I want to inspire you, also, to
ENVISION YOUR DREAMS A REALITY.