My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #568: Wandering Thoughts

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-30-2011 02:32 PM 1690 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 567: On the Road to Recovery Part 568 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 569: A New Year's Wish to You All! »

This final week of the year seems to have really gone by quickly. It is hard to believe that it is Friday already as I look back in retrospect.

I am feeling a bit better, but still not quite myself. I truly appreciate all the nice thoughts and comments that you all have sent me and I assure you that I am well on the road to recovery.

I made good headway with my drawings yesterday, and hopefully I will be able to finish up drawing that project today. While I tried to spend most of the day at the computer, my head still wasn’t one hundred percent there. I found my mind drifting and I couldn’t really concentrate like I wanted to. So finally I gave it up after dinner and watched some History Channel episodes on the great Sphinx and ancient Egypt.

Egyptian art has always been a fascination of mine. When I was 13 years old, the King Tutankhamun exhibit was brought to the Field Museum in Chicago where I lived. I remember the Sunday paper had an entire section which highlighted many of the incredible artifacts that would be on display. Even as a young teen, I was enchanted with the craftsmanship and ability that they had to create those beautiful pieces over 4000 years ago. It was mind-boggling to me. Alas, my parents didn’t share my enthusiasm and did not want to make the trip downtown to see the exhibit, but I poured over the newspaper article and hoped that one day I would be able to see some of the beautiful pieces in person.

A few years ago, my dream came true. In 2005 I went back to Chicago for my son’s wedding, and coincidentally once again the King Tut exhibit was once again on tour at the Field Museum there. My son, who inherited my own love of art and nature, purchased us tickets and we all saw the exhibit together.

To say it was ‘magnificent’ would be an understatement. Just about everything that was displayed was placed on pedestals surrounded by thick glass. This meant that you could see each piece from all sides. You were also literally within inches of each item and could see the incredible detail and craftsmanship. Piece after piece of beautiful objects made of stones and precious metals and gems. They literally took my breath away. I found a picture of one of my favorite objects:

It is a Scarab Pectoral with the King’s Throne Name. I remember vividly how amazing the colors and workmanship was on this particular piece. I couldn’t stop looking at it.

So how does this relate to woodworking? I do believe that reading about these items when I was a child and learning about them had a profound impact on me and my life. Since the beginning of time, we as humans want to create beautiful things. Many of these things are functional. Many are symbolic and represent our beliefs. But all of them leave behind a legacy to pass down to our children and grandchildren.

Thinking back, I knew at a very young age that I wanted to spend my live creating things. It was something that I have felt for as long as I could remember. I wonder sometimes why it is so important to some of us to do so and not so much to others. I suppose we are all different that way. I feel very fortunate that I am able to follow my heart and be able to do what I have always wanted to do.

Seeing these artifacts reminded me just how long ago this desire was born within me. And it renews my need to create even more. Whether it be patterns for others to use, or my own creations, I feel that I am on the path that I was meant to take in this life. And I am very fortunate.

I wish you all a wonderful day.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 02:44 PM

good morning shiela. glad you are on the road to recovery. I saw this exhibit in Washington DC 40 yrs ago?? and i still remember it. It was totally awesome & inspiring. Happy new Year….

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 02:51 PM

Good Morning, Michelle:

That was probably when it was on tour when I was a teen. I remember it was a big deal then and I didn’t drive and had no means to get there. I was so happy it came back at a time when I just happened to be back in the States. Somehow things work out that way. I know it may seem to be ‘off topic’ a bit, but I truly believe that it has been an inspiration for my artwork all of my life. Seeing these shows on ancient Egypt has reawakened that inspiration and desire within me, it seems. Happy New Year to you too!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 06:19 PM

I remember the queue in London stretching for what seemed like miles. The long wait was more than amply paid back when I went inside. Fantastic stuff.

Hope you are better soon. I’m over the hump with the cold here. Just annoying sniffing now.

Happy new year, Sheila.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 06:37 PM

I feel ‘almost better’ too, Martyn. Now it is also just an afterthought although if Pancakes comes and nestles in my lap, it may convince me to join him! I am glad to hear that you were able to see the exhibit also. It was truly amazing to see the accomplishments that they were able to achieve so very long ago – without technology. I wish you a very Happy New Year also. May it be your most creative to date. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 05:45 AM

Shelia it was once at Memphis and I missed it. I wished I had gone. Glad to hear you are well and getting better.
Merry Christmas and happy new year

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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