Monday, 2 March 2009

Design for Life

Ballet, Fashion Design, Knitting, Basketry, Time Management, Strategic Planning, Self-Discovery, Intuitive Development, Research, Writing, Art…… these are only some of the workshops that I have taught across Canada and the United States over the years.

I only have one rule.

It works whether you are designing a garment, choreographing a routine, knitting a sweater, weaving a basket, planning your daytimer, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece…

It’s my only rule, but it’s a golden one.

It goes something like this…

If whatever you are doing doesn’t turn out like the teacher’s sample... or the picture in the book... or what you yourself have in mind...

NEVER, EVER, EVER ADMIT THAT YOU DIDN’T DESIGN IT EXACTLY LIKE THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!

Works for life too.

3 comments:

Chaska said...

You are fabulously multi-talented!
I don't quite understand your statement, however, because the last thing I, myself, want in a class is for students to mimic what I do. Of course, I don't teach ballet...only art. Please...can you clarify?

Shena said...
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Shena said...

Thank you! I totally agree with you, hence the "rule." I found that most people were so caught up with trying to make their piece look like someone else's, including the teacher's sample or a picture in a book that they hadn't allowed themselves to do their own thing. By stating this at the start of any workshop or series of classes in a light-hearted way, it changed the entire mood, took off a whole lot of pressure and people actually went for their own interpretation, with quite wonderful results! In everything I do I am about working with people to trust themselves first and foremost.