Friday, July 10, 2009

Thoughts about creativity

I have been thinking a lot about creativity in the past few days. The reason for this is that I have completed several projects recently, including a charity quilt that turned out MUCH better than I expected.....I forgot to photograph it but will put one on in the next couple of weeks.

Also, this time of year is a slower one for my profession and I am actually looking at having time to quilt and I cant decide where to head with it.

When we were in Portugal in early June, I took lots of photos of stairs....some just simple, short staircases, some long and windy and some even circular. As I have thought about these photos I am realizing that I would love to try a series of quilts using stairs. BUT, the bottom line here, is that I am scared to start it!!!!

WHAT IF I CANT DO IT?????

I have been trying to look thru some of my older, forgotten books and came across one by Andrea Balosky called "Transitions...Unlocking the Creative Quilter Within" (published in 1996). It does not contain any patterns or instructions, although it does have a nice selection of quilts to get your creative juices flowing. Instead, it has lots of pages of text where the author is doing her best to motivate you to get up and get going. There are wonderful tips and lots of "you can do it" pep talk.

As I have read thru her steps to creativity, I have realized that I already do many of these earlier steps, including recognizing inspiration and researching the idea. But I am intimidated by the later steps including "inviting impulse and intuition" and "playing"..,...really....I'm allowed to play???

However, I love Phase Three.... "Just Do IT".....I think that she had that idea long before Nike took it as their slogan.

I recently read a quote by Walt Disney that said "The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing". So, my goal for this weekend is to just BEGIN!!! Stop cleaning my studio, refolding my fabrics, cutting my scraps.....and just BEGIN.

Hopefully I will have something to report at the end of the weekend.....but if not, there is always next weekend!!!

Thanks for reading my ramblings!!!

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