I wrote recently about crafting overwhelm, and how hard it can be when you want to create, but you’re so befuddled by the decisions that you need to take, you can’t even get started. I had lots of comments from people sharing similar/related experiences, so I thought I’d share a bit more of my efforts to learn how to deal with the negative stuff a bit better.
I had the overwhelmed feeling just this morning when I arrived at the studio to start a new day. Last week I completed some magazine work with a very specific brief, and didn’t have to make a single decision about the style or the fabric I used. Today it was time to start something fresh, and I was on my own… Initially it felt great to be working on my own stuff… what a treat. But (damn you anxiety!) it didn’t take long for the usual decision-making nonsense to kick in. I had a plan to make more pouches and wallets for my Folksy shop and for our Christmas Artists and Makers Market at Spode but just didn’t know how to get going.
Thinking back to my original post about being overwhelmed, I remembered that I’d looked back to my earlier, more confident crafting, and picked out the things I’d really enjoyed making. Improv quilted pouches featured strongly, so I grabbed that idea like a lifeline. Then I thought, why not give myself even more freedom and pick out fabrics for 2 or 3 different projects, allowing myself more space to have fun and to make mistakes? I also limited myself to working from bits and pieces in my scrap bags (not that that’s much of a limit, but you know what I mean!), so I wasn’t rooting through my whole fabric stash…
I started with 3 quirky scraps which appealed straight away and then built on them, building colours, themes, and print textures.
I really had fun this morning, so much so that I was late for a meeting with my colleage at Spode (good thing she understands creative inspiration..). And I’m so pleased that I’m going in tomorrow with these lovely scraps clipped together and ready to go (another use for Wonder clips, thanks to Renee for the reminder!):
Hopefully I’ll have some pics of completed pouches to share really soon, and I have a technique to draw on for the future, which is a good feeling.