We recently wrapped up our 38th CZT Seminar, and first in person event since 2019! Anytime a group of tanglers get together, it is exciting, invigorating and inspiring and this time was no different.
One of my favorite parts of gatherings like this, is getting to sit down and talk to attendees. The first night at dinner, I had the honor of sitting with a lovely group of ladies and they wasted no time getting deep, talking about the Zentangle Method and the Zentangle community. There was a comment made about the Zentangle community and how welcoming, kind, and supportive it is. They asked me why I thought it was like this and how did it come to be this way?
Rick always says, does the Zentangle Method attract the best people, or does it bring out the best in people? I think it is a little bit of both. I think the inclusive nature of the Zentangle Method is what fosters the kind and supportive community we have.
What do I mean by inclusive? Two things, really. The first is that it is an accessible art form for almost anyone. We say that if you can write your name, you can create Zentangle art. It does not require expensive equipment or materials and its does not require a lot of time (well, I guess it depends on how much you are tangling). You can tangle on the beach with a stick, on a plane on a napkin and everywhere in between.
More importantly, I believe the method invites people from all walks of life. It does not matter if you are 12 or 92, you can tangle. It does not matter if you spent years in art school or are creating art for the first time since you were a small child, the method invites you with open arms, and so does the community. It not only connects people from all over the world with a common language (tangles), but it binds them, because it is about so much more than the tangles.
If you listen to a group of stranger tanglers (that is fun to say), get to know each other, you don’t often observe them just showing each other their art, but you will hear them ask about their Zentangle journey and how they found the Zentangle Method. This often opens the doors to personal and vulnerable stories that create a deep understanding and human connection. It really has nothing to do with the final piece of artwork, but everything that happens while creating it. These connections have created this wonderful community that we get to be a part of. I have seen this community rally behind each other in times of need and celebrate together in times of joy. People opening their homes to each other and offering their support, compassion and love. It is a community that I am grateful to be a part of.