I would challenge to anyone to point to any act of innovation that was not born of vulnerability, that was not born of putting an idea on a table that half the people in the room thought was stupid. That the other half questioned. If the idea that makes sense to everyone right away, there’s nothing innovative about it, right?
The other thing that’s completely vulnerable in this culture, which to be honest with you, I was really shocked to see this—that’s engagement. We live in a culture today where the one job of a manager or leader is to cultivate engagement. You think that’s a fair axiom? Engagement is almost seen as uncool. You see a group around a table talking about a project. The manager’s excited about a project. And someone around the table says “This is awesome, I’m excited, I’d love to be responsible for a part of it.”
Invariably, two or three people in that room will turn and say, “You’re brown-nosing. What a suckup.”
It’s almost like we’re afraid to buy in because we’d rather live disappointed than feel disappointed. The minute we’re engaged we’re invested and we have something to lose. And our tolerance for loss becomes so diminished, that we’re afraid to be all in.
And at last, Coriolanus is DONE. What a wonderful adventure stitching Caius Martius has been - a lot of late nights/early mornings when I got on a roll, a lot of frogging when things went wrong, a lot of changes in how I wanted the final piece to appear. All in all, I will call it a success.
Tom’s face is just heavenly to stitch. This is the second portrait I’ve done of him; it won’t be the last. (Hmm, is it time for Loki? I think it is.) But I will take a wee break from sticking a needle in the Hiddles-face to work on a kit I just got: a spectacular peacock. But don’t worry, before you know it, I’ll be posting progress shots of a certain God of Mischief as well.
I hope you all enjoy this labor of love.
this is DOPE AS HELL. he can flutter my Volscians any time.