Sunday, 21 August 2016

Mini quilt "Fear sits here" (Hier zit Angst)

A story by Elizabeth Gilbert(*) has inspired me to make a quilt that says "Fear sits here" (in Dutch: "Hier zit Angst"). On this quilt all the fears I sometimes have can sit down, so I can still do whatever scares me, but needs to be done. Fear can not be wiped away or eliminated. It is a part of you, but you can choose not to let fear govern your life. 
So I put fear here on this quilt, in the corner of the room. "I see you, I hear you, but I don't listen to you now, because you are not right this time."

Maybe it works: I have a job now, while sometimes appling for a job was pretty scary. 

The technique is inspired by Susan Carlson's method. The smallest pieces are glued, the yellow-green background is covered with organza and then everything is quilted in free motion.
As usual, I only used old scraps of fabric. 

Mini quilt "Fear sits here", made by Atelier YT

Mini quilt "Fear sits here", detail, made by Atelier YT

Mini quilt "Fear sits here", detail, made by Atelier YT

Mini quilt "Fear sits here", detail, made by Atelier YT

Mini quilt "Fear sits here", backside, made by Atelier YT

Mini quilt "Fear sits here", backside, detail, made by Atelier YT

(*) Facebook, Elizabeth Gilbert, march 16, 2016:
Elizabeth Gilbert
16 maart
Dear Ones -
A friend of this page named Charlotte Murphy sent me this photo the other day. She teaches art to fifth graders (first of all, GOD BLESS YOU FOR TEACHING ART TO FIFTH GRADERS, CHARLOTTE) and she has found that already, many of them are too locked-down by fear to be creative. (It starts so early, you guys. It starts so early.)
So, recently, she read them the section of BIG MAGIC where I talk about how fear is allowed to have a seat in the car, when we are being creative, but it's not allowed to drive.
The kids came up with the inspired idea that the art classroom should have a FEAR CHAIR, where fear will be allowed to sit —but not allowed to control everyone's creative process. Each child wrote their fears on the chair, just to get them out. (Please note, if you look closely, the fears range from "tests" to "football"...I love this so much.)
When it's time to create, the kids now understand that they have to send their fear to sit in the FEAR CHAIR...and then they can get back to work.
Notice that the kids don't try to banish their fear (because we all know that's impossible; fear always acts up and throws temper tantrums when we try to banish it) but they bravely give their fear a name, and then give their fear a nice, pretty, respectful chair to sit in. They acknowledge that fear will always be in the room...and then they get back to the business of making things, anyway.
It's such a beautiful idea, and I was so moved by this — by the handmade ritual (all my favorite rituals are handmade) of literally giving fear a seat, but not allowing it to take command.
Just wonderful, Charlotte — and so inspiring! Tell your students that I think they're geniuses, and that soon I'll be making my own FEAR CHAIR, which I will put in a prominent corner of my own writing room, where I can keep a close eye on it. I want my old familiar friend fear to know that I respect its right to be part of my life...but that it must keep its butt placed firmly RIGHT THERE.
In the corner.
And not one inch closer.