Saturday, February 6, 2016

In Praise of Samples

So many weavers lament about sampling, considering it a waste of time and money.  It's no secret that if you have been reading this blog for any time at all, that I am a big fan of sampling.

Recently I had a long think about samples and decided that perhaps it would be good to show how people in other disciplines 'sample'.

Potters make dozens of test glaze tiles
Knitters make swatches.
Artists sketch.
Musicians run scales and practice fingering.
Dancers do their exercises at the barre.
Singers do vocal exercises.
Athletes practice skills appropriate to their sport. 

And so on and on.

It's all about doing their 10,000 hours of mindful practice.  It's about getting to know their materials and their equipment.  It's about honing the physical skills involved in their craft/art.  It's about choosing to learn, deeply, about how to make and be the best you can be.

Acquiring knowledge is never, in my world, a waste of time or money.

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