Yesterday, when I read the following quote, I was discouraged for most of the day: "Your task is to optimize one system after another, not careen through the day randomly taking care of whatever problems erupt. Your job is not to be a fire killer. Your job is to prevent fires." ~ SAM CARPENTER
I thought that is exactly what I do, careen randomly and every attempt at optimizing systems has been unsuccessful.
Today, while applying dye to a shibori pole wrapped with needle punched and wet felted merino, I realized why wearable art is so important in my life. It provides an arena for optimizing systems. I do not careen randomly. Art is the arena where I know where I am going, what I am doing. I "prevent fires whenever possible." And when one occurs, I respond and make art out of it. In the rest of my life, I apply that same philosophy as often as possible.