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Monday, January 30, 2012

One Thing at a Time


Most fairy tales begin with 'Once upon a time...' my work seems to start with 'One thing at a time...'   How I envy those who have one, two, three or four projects going at the same time.  I would love to walk into my studio and say 'eeny, meeny, minee, moe...' and choose between this one or that one.  Am I in a 'blue' mood - okay let's go with the blue today; am I feeling like I need to work with silk threads - okay let's go with this one.  But I have learned, especially over the past couple of years that I am hard-wired to start work on one piece, work it until it is finished and then move onto the next one.


This doesn't mean that I don't think about what I'm going to be doing next.  I do gather colors and textures, threads and embellishments for future pieces as I work on the current piece.  But for the most part that is all I do.  While I might have a few ideas in the back of my mind - a picture I want to convey or a feeling I want to translate it doesn't really come to the forefront until I have finished what I'm working on at the moment.

I guess if there is one thing I've learned through years of fiber work it is to accept myself and my work habits for what they are - it increases my creativity to not have my mind wandering off on all sorts of paths.  That doesn't mean I won't have 'creativity envy' for people like Loralei at Whimsical Mermaid *smile*!

"Remember life's magic by the trail you've already blazed." - The Universe

6 comments:

  1. We must be soul-mates, I don't have a pile of UFOs. But unlike you, I don't want one. LOL!

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  2. I don't have UFO's either. But I do have Wanna Bees. This wanna be this and This wanna be that...just waiting for me to start ~lol~ I usually do finish one project before I start another. Unless its crochet...I am known to have a couple of items going at the same time.

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  3. Oh Dear! I'm the opposite...with quite a number of things on the go at any one time. It seems to suit my way of working....some things in the studio/workroom...some things on the sofa for the evenings...many, MANY, sketchbooks being worked into....

    ...but then...

    ..I AM a butterfly! :-)

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  4. Ha! I am certainly one of those with tooo too many starts and not nearly enough finishes! An idea pops into my head and I want to go go go with it. Sometimes it works and sometimes not so much. Hence a pile of ufo's. FOCUS should be my mantra...

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  5. These are beautiful threads!
    It's funny, I envy people who DONT work a million things at once. I feel like I am always doing something, but never complete anything. ha!

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  6. Thanks so much for the link, Penny! I was laughing as I read this post, wishing we lived closer together, so that you could come over and finish my projects when you are done yours, lol!!!

    Beautiful threads, too... I can't find anything like those near me... :-)

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