Artists – like ecosystems – work with the imagination and know that it is a real force that can incite productive transformations. Intensified aliveness always amounts to greater self-expression and deepened poetic experience. Consequently, any change meant to pay justice to the human (and hence lived) dimension can take hold only if it becomes an artistic process. Each artistic act is an act of aliveness. It cannot be demonstrated or represented; it can only be shared.
– Andreas Weber, Enlivenment: Toward a Poetics for the Anthropocene
This section offers excerpts from my conversations and letters with makers, growers, menders and healers who conjure beauty and meaning from the materials and processes of everyday life. Their words and photos illuminate unique ways of seeing, sensing, living and working, and how these qualities contribute to cultural, ecological, economic and spiritual regeneration. My hope is that this collection will encourage and embolden others, including myself, to continue cultivating a more creative and wonder-filled life.