Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 06:57PM
Well, I'm moving, and I've done this so many times in my life, but seriously, it is never an easy process. So maybe it's time for a little reflection. So here are some of my interesting discoveries in going through all my crap and downsizing:
1) I found a piece of art I purchased so long ago that I just love and had forgotten about, and is perfect for this time. This is one of the WINNING moments. Rediscovering.
2) I have a mind that sees the creative potential in everything. It's a blessing and a curse. The creativity has enabled me to make a lot of gorgeous things, but the potential part has allowed me to keep way way way too many unnecessary things. And having too much junk is counter-productive because it scatters my creative potential. gahhh, paradox!
3) Not every project idea needs to get made. I have not and will never make every project I think of, so I need to find a way to adapt this pattern...
4) Surprising to me, it turns out I have always been a writer... I've never thought of myself as someone who journals (or writes much, really), but I have recorded some pretty fascinating chunks of my experience. (a lot of mundane ones as well!)
5) I've also sketched a lot of them.
6) Sometimes history repeats itself, and you'd never know it if you didn't have a way to review it. And I have this hunch that being able to review it makes it less likely to repeat. I'll have to get back to you on that.
7) I am emotionally attached to a lot of "things" which is kinda distressing, but makes sense given the constant moves throughout life, I cling to the things that feel like roots. So now I'm learning to let go of so much more and care better for fewer things.
8) On that note, I have this pervading sense of mistrust about letting go of things; it's like this need to know that it will go somewhere where it will be useful or appreciated. Having my neighbors kids come over and choose from boxes of under-used art supplies and seeing their delight in them was uplifting. These things will end up where they need to be.
9) I have been unintentionally wasteful in a lot of ways, and now will need to learn to be intentionally thrifty. It's about time, really.
I know this post isn't particularly relevant to gorgeous scarves, however, I'm sure you've all been or will go through times of transition and maybe some piece of this will be useful or resonate, I'd love to hear about it if so. Also, even if it is the less glamorous side of an artist's life, I'm sure this will result in more interesting creative projects here; that's my hope. I've made some new things lately, been sharing on my facebook page.