Instead of reading and writing this morning, I drank my coffee on the couch in the living room and watched fat, fluffy snowflakes drift to earth in shifting patterns and thought about how amazing creation and weather and gravity are. Our earth is full of systems.
Since Friday, I've been working my way through the picture files on my computer. So far, I've deleted 25,199 items of which some are folders, not just individual images. They date back to June 2006 when there was a problem that I can't remember the details of other than that it necessitated starting over. It is terribly unfortunate that I didn't start over with a system because this job is going to take a while which is probably why I've put it off for so long.
So far, I've reorganized folders and improved how images are stored and now I need to go through each folder, check the size of each image, and rename them more appropriately. Working through the images is like watching your life in fast forward. My hair was long, then short, then long again. Likewise my weight. Up, down, and up again. My children are nine years older, now adults. My career has evolved and ended and my creativity has shifted focus from textile art to fashion sewing.
It was particularly interesting to observe how my skill set developed from a point of many muslins and wadders to a point of greater success where I am sewing fashions with better fit and more detail. There were images of garments that I don't remember sewing... or wearing... and ones of garments that are still in circulation and worn weekly. At some point in late 2009, my success ratio shifted and I began to wear more of what I sewed or perhaps I started sewing more of what I'd wear.
While it has been a clear illustration of how we learn to do the work by doing the work, looking through the images also indicated areas to change. Apparently, I sew a lot of one occasion garments - usually fancy dresses or skirts - and spend tremendous amounts of time developing muslins and if - as I say - I truly want to focus on creative everyday wear, it would be more productive to spend time developing T & T patterns that can then be interpreted in both everyday and one occasion ways. Like the sweater I'm currently working on using New Look 6735 that has become my go to t-shirt pattern.
Sorting the images is a tedious chore but it has also been a highly informative one. The take-away is a much clearer idea of the types of projects I thoroughly enjoy sewing and the garments I actually wear. That's good information I can go forward with. I think I'll make a similar trip through my closet.
I'd have liked to insert some images of muslins and wadders only Blogger is still having a problem with pictures - and Internet Explorer - which could explain why some blogs don't appear to be having a problem. If you use Blogger and Internet Explorer and you're not having an issue, could you please let me know since that would indicate that I need to do more research rather than wait for the issue to be resolved. Thanks. Otherwise, no pictures until then.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - the start of a better system and 25,199 items less to deal with