In the course of my readings, I am often guided to pass on the brilliance of others to my clients.
Janet Echelman was one of those 'others'. A model of what can be created when we refuse to take no for an answer - Janet has gone on to create voluptuous, billowing forms of light and colour, bringing joy to millions. Her story is without doubt, a stunning tale of inspiration.
My client was an amazing young architect, travelling to Europe.
Her gift to me, at the bottom of this blog, was a photograph she took of one of Janet's non-permanent works in an Amsterdam exhibition of light and sculpture. If Janet's amazing, inspiring video does not show for you, please follow this link.
Janet's grace and generous spirit shine through her sharing.
Below is a reply to a comment someone posted about her own difficulty in getting into an art school.
'In our culture we have been taught that the way to pursue a dream is through school. The lucky thing about my getting rejected from school is that it meant I had to figure out my own path by DOING. So perhaps what now may feel to you like a painful rejection from art school is actually the opening of a door more original, where will chart a course for yourself that is not yet known. This was not easy for me. But the struggle was part of the value. Ask yourself what questions are at the core of what drives you. And when you hit rough patches, as we all do, please consider me on the sidelines cheering you on.
You are part of a community.' - Janet
I appreciate Janet's insight, and am very grateful her work came through for my client, it gave me a chance to enjoy all over again, and today I have really enjoyed being prompted to share her gift with you.
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Video and quotation source: ^ Janet Echelman | Profile on TED