‘The term triple goddess can be used outside of Neopaganism to instead refer to historical goddess triads and single goddesses of three forms or aspects… More recently the prominent archaeologist Marija Gimbutas has argued for the ancient worship of a Triple Goddess in Europe, attracting much controversy, and her ideas also influence modern neo-paganism.       Wikipedia

Sacred Script: Catalog of signs collected by Marija Gimbutas, showing core signs at left and derivatives at right formed by additional dots, lines, curves or alternate orientations; from her ground breaking work, The Civilization of the Goddess.

They say that two’s company and three is the sacred number to begin a quest with. Sister artists; functional sculptor Korrin Lohmann and Sarah Holmes of Black Spoke Leather Co and I, seek to keep each other accountable to creative goals on the path toward artistic relevance. We meet regularly to discuss upcoming deadlines, critique work and trouble-shoot business hangups. Three is good, but more’s better if you can rally them. I can’t overemphasize the value in cultivating a support network like this, however infrequent, it is critical to making meaningful artistic progress over the long haul!

Triad brooches: Texture inspired by the microscopic scales on a butterfly’s wing, Mary Giles and ancient pottery cited in Marija Gimbutas‘ research. Made from industrial felt, dyed bucktail and hammered brass.

These brooches are experiments related to ‘scales’ I’ve borrowed from my auntie, basket-maker Mary Giles. Mary has developed her practice over 35 years, which is as long as I’ve been on this earth. When I feel despondent about a lagging momentum, I am heartened to be reminded of her devotion to craft. I remind myself that I can do this, it’s not a race, don’t succumb to creative attrition. We all gain from understanding how craft traditions shaped our family history, everyone has a story about craft. Making is a species of magic, what can be translated into materials is reflective of the maker’s self-determination and perfection of the spirit. What we make is an expression of the highest good we are capable of.

One of several things that I get snagged up on from time to time is perfectionism. Its like a staring contest with myself that I can’t break away from and can’t win. One of my hopes in starting this blog as a record of my creative journey is to become comfortable in just throwing the work out there for anyone to see and judge, thereby getting more comfortable with taking more creative risks. I wish to reveal everything, to study flaws out in the open and make better decisions about how to proceed because I can see the work more clearly in the light of day. Be my daylight?

Examples of contemporary baskets by Mary Giles.


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