Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Journey Not Destination
I make a lot of things, different kinds of things. Just whatever takes my fancy at a particular time.
Because I work a career that takes a lot of my week, my day and my energy, I try to keep my creative times free and loose.
Not just another form of work.
So that the hobby, the relaxation I find in creating, doesn't become another source of stress instead of the antidote to it.
When I have some un-fettered time, I grab it and spend the hours 'in the zone' doing things that are creative and satisfying. Sometimes that means experimenting with new possibilities. Or using a different media, something new to me.
Or just returning to something familiar to while away a few hours working with my hands, heart and mind on something that's been whispering in my ear, murmuring at the back of my mind. Try this! What happens when these things go together?
That time 'in the zone' goes faster than any other time spent doing anything else!
There are times when I come away with a handful of new things that are completed. And many other times when I have just a few that are not quite done, but looking like they have possibilities.
I try not to push myself, the exceptions being if I owe someone a custom order or if a magazine is waiting for photography for an article.
Otherwise, it's open ended and anything goes. That's why I find it so exciting and wonderful when someone else finds a use for something I've made, like these fine silver rings I made for Gaea a while back.
I think of a lot of things that I might do with them, but I'm always certain that someone else like Gaea will come up with a different, most beautiful design. And this time I'm right!
Isn't it fun and fabulous how she attached the fused, textured fine silver ring to the cord? And added the special little dangles? You can read the meaning and purpose of this necklace on her blog.
I'm simply thrilled that, in a secondhand kind of way, I had a little part in this creation.
And thankful that she shared it, so I could see! and show you ...