I came across this video a while back on the Quilt Art mailing list and, for some reason, neglected to share it on the blog.
Elizabeth Gilbert approaches the idea of genius from a refreshingly new slant. While I’m not sure that I agree with the idea that Genius is a disembodied gremlin living in my fabric cupboard, I will freely admit that I appreciate the need to release genius from the artist’s self and allow for work without brilliance. My theory is more that the consistent work and striving towards betterment allows for the incredible coincidence of genius to happy. Basically, quantity with deliberate attention allows for quality.
My favourite part is probably right at the very end…… “I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up for my part of the job.” Brilliant.