Have you heard of Andy Goldsworthy? A Scottish artist that creates beautiful and often times temporary art out of found objects in nature. I'm grateful Mr. Drake insisted we all watch his documentary, Rivers and Tides, a few weeks back. Not only was it extremely soothing (required watching during these times-devouring the british baking show rn), it was inspiring to me to consider the act of creation as generosity. He is creating these beautiful sculptures and collages that will either melt, blow away, or drift off into the sea. To me, it seemed as a gift, for really, just the earth, as he is creating in such remote areas, it seems unlikely anyone would discover his creations for the most part. However they are well documented, so you can find his work online.
On Tuesday, we had beautiful weather, so I walked down to the beach, listening to a great interview of Seth Godin by Marie Forleo on her podcast. The concept of creating even if it doesn't work came up and I had to stop the podcast to ask myself, What would I still create even if it didn't "work"? After the answer, the next thought I had was about generosity. What would more would I give? It was such a lighter, freer thought. The question rolled around in my head as I absentmindedly looked for seaglass, as I do every time I'm at the beach. I typically bring it home and add to my collection (Please read about why I love Seaglass here), but this time it shifted. I thought I would collect it and do something different, offer it up.
And as that idea grew, that I would give it away, with each piece of glass I found, I found another one, more colorful and bigger than the last. More unique colors, bigger pieces than I usually find: one lime green, a few pale turquoise. And, as I found more and more, the idea formed and solidified, that I would arrange them on a piece of driftwood I had seen. It was amazing, as the idea grew, so did the excitement about giving them away, and the pieces magically appeared, more and more than I had ever found in one day. It all flowed easily, and allowed me to remember the reason why I create.
So as we enter into this season of giving, whether we donate money to charities that we care about, or purchase gifts for family and friends, I reflect on the purpose of Sarah Drake Design. The pandemic has forced a shift in direction, as weddings were postponed, and I was given the gift of time to understand more fully what and why I create, and ultimately, what I give. Our Essence and line of Flora Vista products that all give back to El Salvador are a great start, and I look forward to sharing more with you, as I create them, and as we look forward to a new year. And, if it's helpful to you if you are struggling with the next steps on what to create, try asking, what would I give?, instead. xo, Sarah
Oh, and I went back the next day, the sculpture was gone, so I made another. The next day, another. Pictured here. :)