I have been doing quite a bit of research on different techniques that I could use on my weaving. I came across the book Weaving as an Art Form: A Personal Statement by Theo Moorman and I am really enjoying it. It's a bit long winded, but she has a really great point of view stemming from over 50 years weaving experience. Here is an excerpt about weaving I really like, but I think most of it can apply to artists in any medium:
"The voluptuous beauty of unwoven yarns, of unspun fleece, silk, flax, tow and jute, and all the other natural and synthetic materials at the disposal of the textile artist today can contribute to works of immense richness, depth, and lasting value when the weaver is a genuine artist, maintaining control of all this rich material, using it for his own ends; being in fact, the god of the machine. It can also easily get out of control, producing a state of euphoria where an undigested tangle of richness can masquerade as a work of art.
It is clear that the new sense of freedom in the textile arts, as in wider issues, brings with it a new set of responsibilities. In this contemporary world, where selvedges ebb and flow, where warps can turn into wefts as the drop of a hat, and every form of found or natural object is meat to the hungry weaver - where many of us roam streets, woods, and shores with a roving predatory eye, collecting detrita of all sorts to incorporate with our more traditional materials - the obligation to reflect, to control, to order these miscellaneous objects to obey us and take a correct place in our master plan becomes very great and very urgent. If we lose this control we are in grave danger of ending up with a strange and unorganized accumulation of trash rather than a work of art...
...It is apparent that today's conditions present us, above all, with a need for honesty, particularly for honesty with ourselves. We must train ourselves to select, from many possible lines of approach, the one that is right and fruitful for us, where our ideas can have a chance to grow strongly and naturally and where we can ourselves develop to our full stature as both artists and craftsmen."
"It never harms us to aim high. I believe that all of us have hidden subconscious creative springs and are capable of surprising ourselves, given the right stimulus."