Risk and Promise...


“The nature of the calling can change over time, taking a person down pathways never anticipated. The calling opens new territories within the heart; this in turn deepens the calling itself. The faces of the calling change; what at the beginning seemed simple and clear can become ambivalent and complex as it unfolds. To develop a heart that is generous and equal to this complexity is the continual challenge of growth. This is the creative tension that dwells at the heart of vocation. Once is urged and coaxed beyond the pale regions into rich territories of risk and promise.”

            John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us

Risk and promise. I do not think there is a better way to explain Interstitial Spaces. These spaces are often uncomfortable and changing so quickly that it can be hard to find solid footing. I think of myself as risk adverse—a self-described belt-and-suspenders girl. Nevertheless, I find myself inhabiting the interstitial spaces both in my life and work.

In textile terminology, the interstices are the spaces between the warp and weft—the voids that appear empty but can create the structure and design as much as the concrete yarns. In fiber science, they are the amorphous spaces where dyes can bond but degradation can also take hold. Risk and promise. I hope you’ll join me as I explore these spaces both in my writings and my textile work.  

November 4, 2017



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