I relish a good read and a well-written story. I've dabbled in, and appreciate, good photography. I definitely love sewing! And I thrive on creativity - on many levels. And I'm always up for a session of sharing - learning and/or teaching. I also like to practice compassion and encourage open-mindedness/heartedness, a lightness of BE-ing, and a few smiles and even giggles for those I interact with. I do like to think that my blog utilizes all of those attributes, to one degree or another. :)
I also realize that I would like to pay more attention to my writing style, as opposed to pounding out yet another post, just because I think I should share this thing that I've created, and maybe somebody out there will appreciate something about it - a helpful tip, an "aha" moment, a lead to an interesting pattern, or maybe just a pat on the back for me.... (hey, who doesn't love a pat on the back every now and then, eh?)
I am SO appreciative of the sewing tips and tricks I've picked up from other blogs - thank you to everyone out there who has helped me on this journey! Along with all of the fabulous tips I pick up online, occasionally I hit on an idea or realization that's new to me, and I write about it, and someone else tells me that they learned something because of my writing about it, and I LOVE it when that happens! Sometimes it's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Just the other day I got an email from someone thanking me for my explanation of the welt pocket process (on a post a wrote a couple of YEARS ago) - something that's been written about a squillion times, but I wrote in a way that *I* understood it, and 3 or 4 other people apparently thought like I did and learned something new. Cool. :) 3 or 4 is good.
But is that really enough for a blogging "voice"? I'm sure we've all been to that place before, where 37 people have explained something to us, and then 1 person says it in just the right way, at just the right time, and you "get it"! In the technical aspect of the sewing world, I think that happens all the time. I still read blogs that are directed to beginning sewists, and I read a little tidbit and have another "aha!" moment. With all of the tutorials out there, I'm sure we all have something to learn, and many of us have something to share.
But that's not really a "voice", is it?
Which brings me back to the title of this post: "Musings on the Creative Process". I think that's what sewing is becoming for me - it's really about the creative process as much as, if not more than, the finished result. It's both the public and the internal voice for unravelling my creative process. The process of finding out who I am, and how I express that - sewing really is (or can be) a way of expressing my internal beliefs of who I "am" in my physical, external presence.
Pardon me while I think out loud. I'm coming to the realization that sewing my individualistic wardrobe is a way of melding my internal self with my external expression, and it is, quite frankly, a "coming out" in a way. Which requires an understanding of who I am....who I am becoming....who I want to become.....
I didn't know, at the beginning, if this was going to all about sewing, but I did say in my profile (which hasn't changed since I first wrote it) that it was about the process:
|"Having a dream of what I want to create is wonder-filled....having a finished product that makes me (and you) smile is delightful.....being aware of what's happening during the process is priceless."|
and from my blogger title:
"It's about exploring and sharing my creative adventures (mostly sewing these days) ~
~those activities that sometimes obsess, usually inspire, occasionally frustrate
~and always provide a delightful maze to wander through."
Perhaps I'm going back to the roots of my blogging experience - please bear with me as I explore this territory about the expression of the internal through the external. And I would love to hear from you as I do my own exploration.....
I know there are a lot of reasons why we sew - I'm curious about those of us who are really interested in bringing the unique and creative into our clothes. I really hope to open a dialogue with those of you who care to share.....
- do you sew, and dress, to express the inner you?
- Has sewing helped you discover/uncover who you really are?
- Does it take courage to dress the way you really feel about yourself?
- DO you dress the way you really feel about yourself?
- Do you sew to express your own individuality, and what is it that you are expressing? Rebelliousness? Power? Artistry? Thumbing your nose at something? Something else?
- Maybe you sew just to be able to be "on trend" and do it affordably, or just want clothes that friggin' FIT you, because nothing in retail does - I'm interested in those reasons too.
- Or maybe you just don't want to be part of the "fast fashion" crowd - kudos to you for that!
Why do you sew? And what is the creative process behind it?
I actually plan to really explore this, both for my own self exploration and the curiosity that makes other people explore (obsess about?) their own creative process....
Your turn....I really want to hear from you!