Lately I find myself clearing my home, my closet, my perennial borders, my studio space of anything that doesn't delight. I know this means that something new is coming but what it is I do not know. If I were younger, I'd probably buy a pregnancy test kit.
Yesterday I sat down right here to read the news and have some coffee. What happened was completely different. I ended up writing a page of notes to myself which included goals, aspirations and reminders...such as:
clear out more from closet, even though I love it-yellow maxi to travel trailer, pink blouse to GW
stay true to basic silhouette-slim pants, tops, tunics, cardi/jacket; wide pants, shell, slim tunic, cardi; dresses and sandals; skirts (experimental)
don't sew competitively-appreciate what others are doing and don't strive to keep up
sew from the pattern and fabric stash-each pattern and piece of fabric was bought because I saw its potential; explore this potential
share only those projects which "need" an audience-share for celebration or share for feedback. Be clear about why a piece is shared
gather inspiration from my life and surroundings rather than work that others have done-glean ideas
from others and inspiration from life (avoid copying)
extend my work area to include the basement so I can work on surface design near the utility sink
And then I wrote:
What projects are speaking to me right now?
dye black linen dress and then silk screen
try quilting by making a table runner or wall hanging (wow! where did that come from?)
use trim on MT tee for a fall top
home dec: dining room chairs, wall hanging with Guanajuato scenes, table runner, shelves
less is more (production is not art; this is not a factory)
even better (this phrase was given to me at the Design Outside the Lines retreat but it didn't resonate at that time. It does now.)
I embroidered a bit
and left the edges raw.
I'll keep this on my old dress form for a few more days because I don't think it is done yet.