~:[CH6 - Day 141]:~ Designing Your Own
Being an artists, I realize that it's something that is hard to do because so many people are there to criticize your work and many times, they don't truly understand it. Non-mainstream art is definitely more of a challenge for people and if you don't take the time to think about it, to read about it and to ask questions about it, you may not truly understand. Visiting the awesome 14th Factory would have been better on a cooler day, regardless, it was amazing to see all the various types of works that were more than just the social media friendly pieces that everyone will be jealous of. Sometimes, it is in the finest details of these pieces that we find the true qualities of a piece of art. In this piece, the meaning came in what was produced, but more importantly in how it was produced. Sitting down with people from all around the world, they took their favorite book, shredded it, and wove it into this larger piece as they talked about why the book was so special to them. Not only did the book they were talking about become part of the piece, it also took with it, the story of this person who contributed the book to this piece. There was great effort and meaning put into the creation of this piece and that sums up what we need to do in life. I our lives, we are going to be judged constantly and people will criticize us, misunderstand us and sometimes, ignore us all together because we may not fit what is in their image. However, our goal should not be about pleasing everyone, but about producing what we hope to produce, incorporating the experiences of others in our lives and as we weave the story of our lives, to put must effort and meaning into it. Truly, what we create may not be what other had imagined or even what you yourself imagined, but it's nothing to be ashamed of. The effort and love that was put into making the piece will be evident and while it may not be evident to all, you cannot be discouraged. They'll be snags and imperfections in what you create and at times, you may want to start all over, but the reality of it all is, be proud of what you created. You designed this piece and because of how it was created, this piece includes pieces of you within it. We live in a time where everyone has their opinion, however, never allow that opinion stop you from weaving your story the way you want to, if you know in your heart you're heading in the right direction.