Today I received a text from a friend asking me if a picture she took was an example of creative texture.
First off I think she's awesome and loved that she would think of me and ask this question. I responded "Yes this is texture and even more amazing because it caught your eye, think about why it did. Take a look at these two photos throughout the day, you may find it will reflect something that is going on around you. Read up on the origin or symbolic meanings. Often we gravitate towards the things that can offer us insight. That's how I look at everything everyday, and if that fails and there is no deeper meaning at least I'm a bit more knowledgeable."
I then replied with a thank you because I have been struggling with too many blog topics this week and was unable to focus on just one causing me to not to write at all. So this was my texture, I received inspiration from an image that inspired someone else to stop and take notice. It directly reflected what was going on around me and it gave me insight. The power of sharing and reaching out to someone with a question opens a whole other world. It allows us to be vulnerable and say "I don't know something", we then turn it over hopefully to someone that will not make us feel stupid for asking or not being creative enough.
See a few days ago I posted something about loving texture in the physical sense, I invited others to take a picture of texture right where they may be standing and share with me, and a few did.
Texture is everywhere and in everything, you don't have to be on an exotic island somewhere to see and capture beauty in something. This picture above is scaffolding that is very unattractive from down below and most days its an eyesore. But this day something changed the way I saw it, maybe the light, maybe the tree, maybe my attitude.
Theres also the texture of your skin, hands, body that can tell a story. I took this photo in St. Kilda Australia and my friend sent the photo to his brother in Isreal. Below you can read the original post, the post that proved pictures and textures are powerful. Pictures can make someone feel something, trigger a memory or in this case 'Tell my story'.
How about the texture of your life or surroundings, does it tell your story. Lets view the layers this pic and what it means to me:
- 13! obviously a very significant number in my life now. First it represented struggle and now it represents hope and love and a better life. When I see this number I instantly see the last 13 months on the 13th and how proud I am of myself and my journey.
- The picture of my hand holding the cross will always remind me of that day in my room in Port Melbourne. That day I knew I was going to be ok.
- The Invention Project on my wall with the list of fashion brands reminding me that even through all the struggle and chaos I can be creative.
- The tree branches on my wall that I never completed 1 1/2 years ago proves my state of mind and lack of love for myself will absolutely stop me from finishing things. A reminder that I can be different.
- I know I took this pic before I brushed my teeth and combed my hair and I didn't care. Who I am is who I am and I don't want to pretend to be anyone else in my pictures.
- A picture of my mother and me sits by my bed, a relationship I craved all my life to be better than it was. But a reminder to tread carefully around emotions that can hurt my sobriety.
- two skateboards from and artist friend of mine Rafael Colon who gave me the first one as a gift for working closely with him and printing his custom t-shirts and the second as a gift to help fundraise for my business and I ended up keeping. I may owe an amends for that but his friendships reminds me that strangers can become friends and a part of each others life for a really long time, He also gave me two tattoos all priceless pieces of art.
- The map on my pillow case to remind me to keep traveling
- The 4 yards of black Boucle wool that I purchased with my good friend from Australia while she was visiting NY, I will forever be reminded of that bond we share and our similar likes. Anytime I sew or buy fabric for the rest of my life I believe I will be reminded of her.
The Interactive part -
Over the next week many of us will be spending the holidays with family or friends. Some will be spending it alone, something I have done often in the past. The way I see this working is simple, take pictures of texture, of an item, or surroundings, or if something catches your eye snap a photo. Don't worry about it being perfect, you can always delete what you don't like later. Be weird and ask to take a picture of someones eyeball, they may say yes ( weird example but you get what I mean) then post it and tag @blameitonjamie13 facebook or leave a pic in the comment section below.
Even if you don't post a picture but like a pic someone else posted, let them know why. I remember going to the movies one year alone, i had 13 days sober and made the #13 out of my popcorn and I loved that picture. So get creative, enjoy the process, I guarantee you it will brighten someone else's day.
The only Rule is to take one and share one.
Have a Happy and Blessed Very Merry Christmas.
Love & Serenity, Jamie
texture ˈteksCHər/ MAKE IT YOURS
noun: texture; plural noun: textures
the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance.
"skin texture and tone"
the character or appearance of a textile fabric as determined by the arrangement and thickness of its threads.
"a dark shirt of rough texture"
the tactile quality of the surface of a work of art.
the quality created by the combination of the different elements in a work of music or literature.
"a closely knit symphonic texture"
verb: texture; 3rd person present: textures; past tense: textured; past participle: textured; gerund or present participle: texturing
give (a surface, especially of a fabric or wall covering) a rough or raised texture.
"wallcoverings which create a textured finish"