DianeHamillFiberArt

An Adventure in Design

Mundane adjective ~ characterized by the practical, and ordinary : commonplace.

Repetition….I love the calming peace of doing something over and over again. Once I know a particular stitch, pattern, weave, etc. I find joy in repeating the process. I have literally made hundreds of the same knit dishcloth, knitted dozens and dozens of the same prayer shawl, woven yards and yards of plain weave cloth. Playing with color breaks any monotony in doing the same thing again. Muscle memory takes over and my mind is free to enjoy traveling to a different place or time.

In his book Practicing the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence writes about the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” Brother Lawrence was a cook in a monastery. By concentrating on the simple, uncomplicated duties of the kitchen, Brother Lawrence developed his method of prayer. He sought “to fix [himself] firmly in the presence of God by conversing all the time with Him.” Whether peeling potatoes or washing the dishes, Brother Lawrence practiced the presence of God. I’m no Brother Lawrence….I’m far from it, but, repetition of pattern in art helps me clear my mind, meditate on being in the moment, and practice the presence of God.

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