My dad is a geologist, and I like to think that he passed on that love of rocks and minerals to me. I was (and continue to be) very interested in the world around me, and the natural systems that shape the environment and the earth. Simply put, I love rocks. I am endlessly fascinated by the formations and the processes – and that is probably why I am also so interested in the elements – it is these things that shape and form the world as we know it.
This new round of Project Spectrum is different than any other – for years, I wanted to find a way to bring a textural element into PS, and this is the first year that it seems like a really good fit. Each of the cardinal directions are associated with certain natural materials (according to many different cultures and traditions around the world.) This first direction – NORTH – is associated with the earth element, and stone and rock are the natural materials.
(Surprise snow storm last weekend – more photos here)
For a creative mind, this is a wonderful chance to play with the idea of stone: incorporating it into your projects – stone buttons on a cardigan, working with gemstones for beaded artwork, designing a rock garden or a stone pathway, photography of rocks and stones in your area… there is so much you could do with this alone!
However, if you want to take it even deeper (you always can!) you can choose to explore the relationships of green (the associated color of this cardinal direction) and the materials of stone. This idea gave me the chance to go through some of my nature photography looking for inspiration on how these two things work together.
This new dimension of Project Spectrum is providing a deep well of inspiration for me. Rocks are amazing works of art in themselves – smoothed by water and wind, or jagged and sharp from force and movement.
The Project Spectrum Ravelry group continues to whirr with excitement and inspiration – many participants are including photos for the PS Photo Challenge that I mentioned in my last post. The group has over 1000 members now, and there is a great spirit among the community. Please join if you haven’t already!
Knitting post to come soon… I can’t believe it has been three posts without knitting content. I hope you are still interested in reading!