There’s something about the image of a waterfall that brings harmony to the moment, and to have that feeling associated with something from everyday life brings a kind of magic to the whole relationship. Here’s a little adventure story (from many years ago now) that makes that connection for me.
The most beautiful waterfall I have ever experienced was not an easy trek, but the blisters were well worth the 10 mile backpack through the Havasupai Indian Reservation… from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, 2000+ vertical feet down to the village of Supai and the campground beyond.
Our campsite was perched near the top of spectacular Mooney Falls, and as we peered over the 190’ drop to the turquoise blue pool below, we knew we were in paradise…
We learned that this blue-green water is sacred to the Havasupai people. It flows not only across the land, but also through each tribal member. The days we spent exploring this tributary to the Colorado River instilled that feeling in us as well…
Even though it’s been years since this journey, this place remains in my memory as if it were yesterday. Now as I revisit the experience, I make that renewed connection with all of my senses – the feeling of the ice-blue water washing away the trail dust on my first dive into the water, the beauty of the lush green vegetation, the unfamiliar sounds of the indigenous songbirds, that ‘negative-ion’ smell that only waterfalls can generate, and the delicious flavor of our camp-cooked meal that first evening above the falls.
Running the senses through our memories has a way of awakening creative thinking, helping us to see our present circumstances from an altered perspective. This is an actual exercise that Jean Houston recommends to jump-start your creativity with any project.
So how, you may ask, does this all connect to upholstery? Well… (and here’s my creative connection for the day)
There’s a box cushion style called ‘waterfall’ and the terraced pools in the photo above provide the perfect illustration of the derivation of the name. There are NO SEAMS, just a flowing over the edge. We’re talking about the front edge here – of course there have to be seams on the sides.
The waterfall cushion is considered less formal than the corded or knife edge styles, but I think it carries its own brand of elegance, especially when you consider the real thing.
What travel experiences have you had that could inject fresh creativity into your everyday life? I invite you to try this exercise – see, taste, smell, hear and touch your memories of that place. Then bring your newly awakened senses to your project, and see how it transforms your perspective.
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