this weekend, the scoutie family took a trip to pittsburgh to visit my sister-in-law and nephew. we left thursday evening for what was supposed to be an easy, lola-asleep-in-the-backseat trip. unfortunately, we ran into sleet & freezing rain as we were crossing the mountains of western pennsylvania.
but we made it, even if my nerves were shot to hell. and enjoyed ourselves! on saturday, the clouds cleared, the sun shone, and the temperatures rose to a “balmy” 50 degrees. my friend carrie – the founder of the i made it! markets – took me on a whirlwind trip of the city. there will be more on that this afternoon. but you can enjoy these few pics for now!
hey, that’s me! thanks for taking this picture, carrie, it’s not everyday i’m willing to post an image of me a glorious 550 pixels wide!
so anyhow, down to the business at hand. this week’s issue is all about success. what it means to me – what it means to you – and how it shapes the work that we do and the product we create.
carrie brought me past this amazing sculpture on the campus of carnegie mellon university. it’s by jonathan borofsky and consists of a 100 ft high pole being scaled by several people and includes onlookers below.
i couldn’t have hoped for a more fabulous depiction of this week’s issue. borofsky explained that the sculpture was inspired by a tale from his childhood. “In each tale, father and son would travel up to the sky to talk to the giant about what needed to be done for everyone back on earth. The artist says the sculpture is “a celebration of the human potential for discovering who we are and where we need to go.” (from cmu’s release on the sculpture)
in my heart, i believe that artists & crafters have the most capacity for delving into the human condition and discovering what lies at the center of us all – and that’s coming from someone with a degree in religion! as people who are all caught up in this movement to reclaim the work of our own two hands, i believe we are also uniquely gifted in guiding society towards a new beginning of purpose & self-realized success.
i hope that this week you become inspired by the dreams, goals, and obstacles-overcome of the featured craftspeople.
catch ya on the flipside!