I don’t know what’s up with me, because I haven’t felt like working with my cards for ages. I like to think of life cycles like waves, where you go up and down, still toodling along, still moving. No big deal, just a little diversion, perhaps the start of a new course, your compass zooming around as you steer. Part of the natural order of being human, cycles just happen one day and you think “I am changing, something’s different.”
Long-time users and collectors of cards often go through a period like this. Some people end up giving up their cards and selling their collections. I was really put off by various card people veering toward marketing manipulation and “courses” in the last few years. When did it all become such big business?
I like it to be about art and depth of reflection. This cannot be taught, you need to feel it and learn through experience, your own experience, it is not something you can buy in a course. I miss that, I miss people who put the effort in by themselves, whose passion and delight in cards fuels something deeper.
Warp and weft, new patterns, new colours.
LOUISE COTTEY WOVEN TEXTILES
photography by Steven Cottey
See the waves? This is a perfect illustration of the changing patterns of life. We make the folds, the patterns, the design. We put the time and imagination in. We see in OUR mind’s eye. It’s a quiet, inner creativity, a connection to Self.
As is holding a card.