Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"From our heads to our hearts through our hands"


"Knowlege is only rumor until it is in the muscle."
"Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration — it is how we fold our experiences into our being… The Asaro tribe of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has a beautiful saying: 'Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.'" ~ Brene Brown, Rising Strong.

Notes on the tile: Fife and Facade are more open patterns and could represent knowledge before it incarnates and manifests into the denser material -- the muscle -- represented by Hurry, Betweed, Xircus, and Paradox (maybe especially Paradox). I drew the tile weeks before I came across the quote, so this is a post hoc analysis.

Notes on the quotes: I enthusiastically recommend exploring the work of Brene Brown, a scholar and storyteller who has spent the last decade (and maybe a few more years) researching shame and vulnerability. She's done a couple of TED talks, written a number of books, and appeared on Oprah's Soul Sunday, to name a few places you can find her. I discovered a very nice write-up of Rising Strong on brainpickings.  The article posted there provides an excellent capsule summary of the book.

I also suggest two special treats that may interest Zentangle enthusiasts in search of interesting patterns. First, visit the site Before They. There you will find a beautiful and fascinating interactive map showing the travels of photographer Jimmy Nelson on his quest to create images of tribes in South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere before they vanish. The pictures are stunning, showing as they do various kinds of indigenous dress, body decorations, and artifacts. Next, have a look at Nelson's TED talk where he explains his project.