Sunday, December 23, 2018

What Works for Me and What Doesn't

I'd been thinking about doing a post on what didn't work in 2018, but it sounded so gloomy.  Then I read Catherine Daze' latest post and I was like, yeah, that's helpful.  I can get into that.


But first, here's...
  the Dress for the Season
~ image by Tom Chambers ~


 and now, here's...
 
  my illustrated take on:

How I Do What I Do, What Works for Me, 
and What Doesn't.


~ painting by Lori Field ~





Much of my sewing experience is directly related to my experience as an artist.  I use that as my paradigm for everything really.  My creative process I call it.



~ by Chili Jenson ~



  •  I can't push or force it.  If I try and bully it, things turn out all wrong, stilted, boring, trite, you name it.  


    ~ painting by Cassie Taggart ~
 


  • On the other hand, I can't just lay around waiting for a brilliant idea to bubble up either.  

~ painting by Joyce Ho ~



  • What I have to do is show up every day and be ready to go.  

~ image by Jenny Bowers ~



  • And take some kind of action toward sewing (or whatever the creative thing is). 

~ colored paper doll by Liat Yaniv ~



  • I do it without a plan, just starting somewhere, anywhere.  I might look at my Pinterest board, or pick out a fabric that calls my name, or a pattern.  I don't make a big deal about choosing the "perfect" any thing.  The important thing is to just start


~ Woman Sewing by Helen Chene ~




  • I remind myself to be patient (if I need to), that I have all the time I need to do what-ever needs to be done and there's no need to hurry for anything.


~ painting by Elena Papadimitrion ~




  • I pay attention to the "whispers" throughout the process.  If I don't, loss of integrity is the price I pay.   In other words, I try to catch myself doing anything by rote.  If I'm bored, it will be boring, etc.


~ painting by Mary Jane Ansell ~




  •  If I need a break, I take it.  As long, or as often, as needed.   How do I know I need a break?  I'm frustrated, confused and can't make decisions...


~ painting by Maria Kalman ~


    •  ...I've found that what's actually going on is:  I've stopped paying attention to the whispers, to my creative spirit, and I've started doing what I think I should be doing rather than what needs/wants to be happening.   And if I keep on going in that direction there will be hell to pay, I tell ya...

~ installation by Chihara Shiota ~



    • ...Actually, I just can't keep going on that way.  A cat nap to the rescue.

~ painting by Anna Afanasjava ~





  • Sewing with a plan does not work for me.  Whenever I've tried to make something to go with something I already have, it has never, ever worked out.  Never.  Whatever it is, it simply doesn't go with what I made it for.  It does, however, always go remarkably well with something else I have.  

~ painting by Alexander Sterzel ~



    • When I spontaneous buy fabric I luv, or make something I like, I miraculous find stuff to wear with it.  It seems like most of my stuff goes with most of my stuff.  Probably because I'm the one who liked it and made it from that creative space and not from any "shoulds."  In fact, it's during MeMadeMay that I find out how well my clothes combine in ways I hadn't realized before.


    ~ painting by kt small ~


    • Sewing according to a pre-scribed type, format or style doesn't work for me.  In fact, I can't stand it.  For me, it's too regimental and goes against my idea of creative processes. 


    ~ painting by Amy Blake ~




    • However, I do enjoy the benefits of being organized...  
      •  ...My fabric stash is in sight and arranged by type and then by color.  Most of the fabric is labeled with content, yardage and width.  It is listed similarly on a Pinterest board... 


    ~ photo of Dorthy Liebes, Textile Designer ~

      • ...My patterns are arranged by type in Clementine boxes on shelving units, while PDF patterns are in alpha order in 3-ring binders.  They are also listed by type and brand on Pinterest boards... 

      • ...I have Pinterest boards of clothes I've made, clothes I'm working on, my sewing queue, ideas for fabric I have, details to consider and more.  I find all this extremely helpful, especially in the just show up and take some kind of action phases.


    Okay then, that's all I can think of for now.  I've posted this so I can flip back here and remember when I'm in that 'spaced out, what am I doing' phase.  As much as I go through the process, I can be as unconscious as the best of them!


    I'd luv to hear how your method of sewing works for you - as everyone has their own way.  Thank goodness for that, eh?!

    I'm joining Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, and the others too, if they're on during the holiday season.


     Here's to a Glorious New Year!

    ~ image by Chen Yan Ying ~


    Friday, December 21, 2018

    Top 5 according to True Love

    May wonders never cease.  Here's the top five, as chosen by my True Love (who doesn't even read my blog)!   But in this case, he went through all the pix for 2018.


    And here they are counting down backwards:

    No. 5 




















    So, how'd he do?  Agree?  Beg to differ?  Have a different selection to offer?  Go for it!
    For more info about any item pictured, click on the No. 1-5 and it will take you to the post.

    Monday, December 3, 2018

    Urban Camo on a Winter's Day









    some details...
    ~ sequins and pearls to cover the moth holes ~

    ~ Mom's old brooch ~

    ~ and Doc Marten boots from ebay ~

    And that's just the way it was in Chicago, Monday, December 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm.


    I'll be showing up at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they go live.  Not to mention, Judith the Style Crone's December Hat Attack!

     


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