Monday, August 8, 2011

Slow is Fast

Friendly starfish at low tide.

By nature I am a go-go-go person, but when I make the effort to be still, I am able to see the beauty in the details of the world around me. So easily I can be distracted by big pictures, losing sight of the small parts that create these inspirational scenes and inform my work.

I am most successful at focusing on the small parts when I'm outdoors, away from my studio. And since I haven't found a way to bottle up stillness, I guess I'll just have to make the effort to enjoy it fresh each day.

A close-up view of barnacles on a rock.
It's not easy, especially with deadlines now growing close for the new 2012-2013 Kata Golda catalog. However this is exactly the time — as all the "small parts" are beginning to form the big picture — that it is most important for me to step away and escape to the outdoors, rain or shine.

Finding color in the ocean on a gray, rainy day.
This step away from the catalog gives me some great perspective and reassures me that each item I create, even if it gets cut from the final list, plays a significant role in the success of my body of work. It also reminds me of the great joy I feel while creating each part.

An army ranger once said, "Slow is smooth and smooth is fast." In order to keep the joy, I need to get out of my "Kata Golda world" and slow down long enough to look in from the outside. When I do, I re-enter with fresh eyes and clarity about what I need to do next in order to keep moving forward.

In other words, slow is fast.

~ Kata Golda


The Kata Golda Good News Bear DIY Kit contains the sewing pattern and materials needed to create your very own wool felt Good News Bear. This small wall hanging holds a collection of cards upon which kids, parents or teachers can write the "good news" they have to look forward to that day.

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