One of the benefits of the two youngest chicks moving to a new school that is also our local public school is that I am catching up with all sorts of people I know from all sorts of places. A chance conversation with two women after I had dropped the children off yesterday morning saw me learning that one (who I knew as the mother of fellow junior hockey players) is actually an artisan who makes porcelain jewellery, while the other (who I knew as a fellow pre-school mother 6 years ago) is a talented sewist. In the course of excitedly discussing all things creative (as you do when you find fellow creative souls) one of the women commented that when she has her creative mojo happening she doesn’t watch TV, and doesn’t even read books anymore. What a relief! I am always happy to tell people that I don’t watch TV at all, but am a little less forthcoming with my guilty secret that I don’t read anymore.
I love books. I have always read. I am one of those people who will stay up all night reading a gripping novel, even though I have to go to work the next day. But for the last year or
two three I have not been reading. Well – of course I have been reading, but instead of reading a book or two a week I have been lucky to average a book every three months. I have been feeling guilty, as if I am somehow lesser for my abandonment of books. However in our conversation we discussed that where books provided an escape and a way for our imaginations to be exercised, when we are actively creating we have the escape, and the stretch to our imaginations, so there is not as much need or room for books. Explained that way I feel much less guilty!!
When I am creating my mind wanders to all sorts of subjects. I write wonderful posts for this blog in my mind, draft emails to friends I haven’t caught up with for ages, think about ways to stretch a dollar, find some extra time for something important, to solve a problem. Having had these very satisfying conversations in my head, I regularly forget that these things haven’t happened in real life, and then don’t email those friends, write those posts, or apply those solutions. I am beginning to understand why people describe artists as vague. It is not because artists don’t care about things, it is because their head is full, and they, like me, may think that they have already dealt with something because they have thought about it while creating, so in their mind it is completed. Something to ponder.
My creating this week has taken a different turn, and I have been busy drawing. I love to draw, so the chance to combine drawing with designing and sewing is the perfect collection of creativity for me! Now that I have my fabulous machine that can cut out my appliques for me I decided that I need some new designs, in addition to my much loved bicycle template. After scouring the internet for suitable templates and not finding ones that suited my purpose I decided to make my own. Hence the drawing! With some I found photos and drew, traced, stylised, while with others I found other templates and took the ideas and modified them to my own needs. The results so far are a scooter and a camera, and a police-box that needs a bit of tweaking! Put that way it doesn’t seem to justify many hours, but I can assure you that a huge amount of work went into creating these simple-ish lines and shapes! I have started to applique them. The next step is to attach the appliques to bags!
At the time of writing I have only appliqued one of the cameras, and am having a debate with myself about whether to go with the zig zag of the first one, or the straight stitch of the scooters. (When I use straight stitch I also use ‘fray stopper’ to seal the edges so it doesn’t get too tatty too quickly!) I might just need to keep experimenting until I find the perfect combination.
I am also experimenting with whether patterned fabric works as well as solids, and complex patterns versus simple patterns. My brain really has been quite full!
I thought I was going to avoid writing about the weather tonight but while I have been sitting here preparing this post we have had a huge downpour of rain. The middle chick and I took a photo, through the window, of our water tank overflowing with the torrential rain. Then 12 minutes later, this was the view from the same window! As a result – the weather gets a mention.
I hope that if you head is full this week it is full of creative and wonderful thoughts. What are you creating, reading, watching or doing this week that is keeping you entertained and providing an escape and a stretch of another part of your brain?