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The Creative Spirit

Blue Canoe Rag Time Rug courtesy of Fabric Stylist, Tanya Bare

Exodus 35:35

"He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer."

God's desire for creative output seems to hold limitless possibilities!

Notice how many colors are mentioned in this verse: "blue and purple and scarlet...". The colors were intended to capture natural beauty as well as to serve as a reminder of God's plan for humanity.

Textures also seem to be an important aspect of the creative journey. Imagine the smoothness of engraved stone and sanded wood, the wispy weight of embroidery needle and thread, the squishy wetness of clay, fuzzy yarn, and slight homemade roughness of "fine twined linen". The tools of the trade. The wonder in taking something unlikely into skilled hands and transforming it from tactile curiosity into visual captivity.

Finally those who create in this way seem to be given many fun names, "engraver, embroiderer, weaver, workman". Interesting, though, that "skilled designer" seems to be a term making all into a creative community. Ones who imagine an idea, seek out materials that will be aesthetically pleasing and thought provoking, place their hands to the work gifted them and....find excitement in exploring this process again and again!

That's our thought for the day - - What creative colors and textures move your hands (and heart)?

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