"Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new" Helmut John
Found on Donna Watson's lovely blog, Layers, was this golden nugget of a quote to ponder upon ... and, not least, to consider what is inessential.
I must remember this as I work. I long to be able to pare down and simplify but so often feel that I over-embellish and complicate.
It seems also to link so much to the work of Helen Parrott whom, somehow, I've missed. I've just acquired her lovely book, Mark-Making in Textile Art, published in August by Batsford here in the UK.
A quick skim before I settle down to read in depth reveals a host of simplified, pared-down images of her mark-making work within ... and the cover itself is wonderfully minimal (though perhaps in this post not shown to its best advantage).
I'm going to enjoy this book, I know and ... could this perhaps be the beginning of a new, simplified, minimalist approach to my work? Who knows?
I will post any interesting results as I try out her ideas and you can judge for yourself ...