As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been taking time this month to work on some outstanding projects. Primarily my goal for the end of this year is to have 2 new classes developed and scheduled for 2014. Along the way I’m also working on projects that have been lingering over my head for awhile. In the last month, I’ve finished quite a few projects, many of which I started years ago.
Many of the projects are not original to me. I’m following someone else’s patterns. I know, as a creative person, I should make up my own ideas, but sometimes I see a pattern and decide that I want to make it. I don’t want to recreate the wheel, just read the directions and make that thing. Frequently when I’m working someone else’s patterns, I think “why did they do it that way, it would be so much easier if they did it this other way?” I’m sure part of that is the technical editor in me and I know that’s the designer in me too. I have a strong urge to make things my way.
Amongst all the ideas I have dancing in my head for re-working (err…making) other people’s patterns, there’s also all the thousands of original ideas of my own. Geez, if you only knew how scattered my brain is. I always forewarn the rare person who is allowed to see my studio that what they are about to see is what my brain looks like. Some may call it a cluttered mess, well…they’re probably right. But that’s sometimes how I would also describe my brain. There’s a quote that goes:
“If you ever want to know what a creative person’s mind feels like, imagine a browser with 2,857 tabs open. All. The. Time.” …Yeah, that’s me.
I wonder if I’m alone with this crazy thought pattern. Is it really only creative people who have all those browser tabs open? I’m sure non-creative people have many tabs open too, but do they have as many?
Someone asked me awhile ago to list all the projects I wanted to work on. Oh boy, that sent my brain into the blue screen of death. I was speechless because too many ideas flooded into my consciousnesses at one time. Where do I start? The art quilt list? The list for upcoming exhibits? The class list? The just for me list? The list consisting of the vintage textiles I own? The list that includes all the stash buster projects? Or maybe I should list the projects that may be added the next time I’m at the fabric or yarn store?
One good thing is I know from experience that the projects do get done…in time. If they don’t, that’s OK too. I can move on and re-work the lists anytime I need to. I must say that I’m fortunate to do what I love. And as I embedded in the t-shirt quilt I’m making for myself, I always try to get a daily dose of fiber.