Episode 17: Maryanne Moodie on starting small and looking inward
Today on the show I have Maryanne Moodie the weaver, who really needs no introduction beyond that because truly she is the Mick Jagger of the weaving world. This conversation was such a joy to record because I’m such a huge fan girl. She shares about how following her curiosity led her on this path and my favorite, how taking the time to look inward and work through all the emotions she feels has impacted her art and life. It’s so darn juicy and good - we really get personal here - and I think there's a lot to relate to and learn from. Here we go!
There are few key points that I’d love to dive into a little more detail on – the first is this idea of following your curiosity. She says, keep your eyes and heart open to things that spark your interest and creativity. It reminds me of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book – Big Magic – here’s a quote from her blog that is in line with this idea:
"Passion is rare; curiosity is everyday.
Curiosity is therefore a lot easier to reach at at times than full-on passion — and the stakes are lower, easier to manage.
The trick is to just follow your small moments of curiosity. It doesn't take a massive effort. Just turn your head an inch. Pause for a instant. Respond to what has caught your attention. Look into it a bit. Is there something there for you? A piece of information?
For me, a lifetime devoted to creativity is nothing but a scavenger hunt — where each successive clue is another tiny little hit of curiosity. Pick each one up, unfold it, see where it leads you next.
Keep doing that, and I promise you: The curiosity will eventually lead you to the passion."
I also love when she tells us about how her work is more about a conversation with herself that expresses whatever she’s going through more than an outward message she’s trying to broadcast to the world. So powerful and beautiful- our art can help us get through negativity or any emotion we are feeling. It’s this idea that when we give ourselves the time and space to create and just be with any emotion, we can find the answer we are looking for within. Of course so many of us are so busy and never find the time out to do this. I’ve told you before that sometimes I write to my intuition for these types of insights, Maryanne weaves. She says when she looses herself in her work like this, she always comes out the other side with some next step to take, some small answer. Interesting how looking inward can provide this for us.
Ok - that's it for today! Below some photos of Maryanne and her work. Find out more about her on her site here. She has upcoming classes in Brooklyn & LA! Find her on Instagram here too. As always, I'd so appreciate a review in iTunes if you like what you hear (even if you don't - give me feedback - it all helps!) Thank you so much guys - until next week! XOXO - Amy