Thursday, August 11, 2011

the doors of perception

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is - infinite” -- William Blake

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.” -- William Blake

Can holding your iPhone in your hand offer what Blake described? How long will your battery last?

I have told the story of my dog Tappy and her inexplicable capacity for knowing things recently in the blog. Through our attention to our technological devices, we narrow our range of immediate perception. Doctors rely more on devices and less on their natural senses.

It the Marc Adams learning laboratory/workshop this morning we will resume box making... our forth day. Most of my students are working on more than one box. Some are making several. Some are at work on one particular design. We are learning from each other. We are having fun. It is a multi-sensory learning experience. Where all the senses are fully engaged, a doorway of perception is created. The difference between a door and a window is that a door is for passing through and we are altered, made new by the experience.

You can see some of the results of our box making in the photos above and below. We have been opening the doors of perception in box making and design in this week's class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.

Make, fix and create...

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:12 AM

    Reminds me of the old days at Arrowmont.