Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thoughts on Journeys and a Special Book

It is good to have an end to journey towards,
it is the journey that matters in the end.

Der Weg ist das Ziel.

This is a wonderful way to describe a textile project - the joy is in the making, the choosing of colors and the feel of yarns, the selection of techniques, the combination of shapes and forms, the joy of watching it grow and gain in substance, transferring the image from one's mind into a very real and touchable object.


The English citation is from Ursula K. LeGuin. Three of her books were finalists for the Pulitzer Price and the American Book Award. Her book Searoad is masterful, insightful and deeply moving. "Le Guin explores the dreams and sorrows of the inhabitants of Klatsand, Oregon, a beach town where ordinary people bring their dreams and sorrows for a weekend or the rest of their lives, and sometimes learn to read what the sea writes on the sand. Searoad is the story of a particular place that could be any place, and of a people so distinctly drawn they could be any of us."

Her mother Theodora Kroeber wrote the book Ishi in Two Worlds, an absorbing drama about the last survivor of the Yahi American Indian tribe.

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