The images here are from sketchbook No. 7 dated 1930. Many of the sketches show nudes but I have included three I find interesting as a seamstress. First, in the back of the sketchbook is a list of projects with notes on progress and outcome. Look at the scratch outs and doodling. We often think of art as being "born" of a single inspirational thought...but this page in the sketchbook shows how much effort, thought and analysis went into Gurr's pieces.
I sometimes find myself stuck in my sewing journey, balanced on the edge between creativity and productivity. I am unwilling at times to STOP and examine what I truly want in a garment...I plow ahead in a frenzy of "git 'er done", and when that happens, I lose some of the joy inherent in this process.
Another example from the sketchbook is found here. It's a quick sketch and while incomplete, captures the focus of the seamstress.
Finally, here is a sketch with more detail and an interesting series of notes which give evidence of how much effort went into each piece.
The next few entries here at kf-biblioblog will focus on how creativity is fostered and nurtured in my own life. I hope many of you will join in this conversation, and add your own insights to the mix. Let's start...
Step One: Inspiration
Spontaneity, intuition, risk-taking...all these terms conjure the artist's way for me. All involve being in communication with my deeper self, and trusting that part of me. I know that fruitful, or good, ideas are often mixed with awful ideas and I also know I have to sort all those ideas in order to find some gems. How do I sort them if I am being self-critical? Impossible task, so it is important to be accepting of that deeper self who holds all these ideas (good and bad). Creativity experts say that I should toss 90% of my initial ideas, and if I am getting lots of good ideas fast, I am not taking enough risks.
Inspiration comes when I am focused and engrossed in a project-sewing, writing, drawing, cooking. My task is to learn to maintain that focus in order to allow the inspiration to flow through me.
Readers, where do you find inspiration and how do you maintain your focus?