Quite a few years ago , I took a speakers workshop with Florence and Marita Littauer. It was fabulous. They have a duh, of course kind of way of pulling and presenting materials that once learned, transfers itself to many different tasks. I came away from the event energized and far more educated about myself. In particular, I thought I was already a pretty good speaker only, in reality, and in comparison to the skills of others in the workshop, I was just a beginner.
Two years ago, I went to the Design Outside the Lines workshop with Marcy Tilton and Diane Ericson. It was fabulous. These women understand the creative process and are able to share it in a yes, I can do that too kind of way. The workshop was full of women who love to do what I love to do which was an usual and delightful experience for me. I came away excited and enthused, ready to do the work. AND...
... I came away with the realization that I wasn't as creative as I thought I was. I've talked about this before, about how up until then I'd been head of the class and rarely exposed to people who were more creative than I am. It's a paradigm shift when that happens and I've thought about this a lot since and my conclusion is, it's good to be a beginner. I want more experiences like that because when I surround myself with the work of people who are more creative than I am and when I get the opportunity to spend time with people who excel at being creative, I am inspired to dig deeper within myself. I think that's an important realization when you've lived in the same small town for forty-four years. If you want to grow in new and different ways, you need to get out of town.
And then there's balance, something we're always seeking and rarely sustain. When I apply the concept of balance to the creative process, there's something energizing, stretching, and challenging about taking my fashion sewing in new directions and there's something comforting and sustainable about directions already taken. While I enjoyed sewing the coat, I'm not sure the energy and intensity of working on a garment like that would be sustainable garment after garment. In fact, I don't think it is. I think it needs interruptions of the comforting kind like this skirt. It's Burda 8213 and was the source of the paisley knit scraps used in the coat. It's wonderfully comfortable, easy to wear, and has beautiful weight and drape even though it isn't the best of quality fabric. I bought it because it has a paisley print that I'm forever drawn to just as I am to this style of skirt and to black and to soft and to.... Knowing what we're drawn to is the counterpoint to what excites and challenges us. Both are important.
Recently, Howard and I were talking about bucket lists and the things we'd like to do. At the time, neither of us had a very long list and both of us had a mental list. I think I should starting writing things down. Since our talk, I've thought of other things that should be on the list, thing I've thought of off and on for years like taking a modeling class. When I started blogging is when I started to think about modeling classes which means almost ten years ago already. I'm extremely self conscious having my picture taken and would love to learn how to walk and hold myself and how to move freely and feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Sourcing this picture, I learned that older models are all the thing. You never know - LOL - perhaps I have another career ! ! ! Not really, I just think learning how to model would be fun and provide a confidence that would benefit me in so many ways. I'd also like...
... to have a really good make-over with an artist who knows what they're doing, someone who can not only look at my face and know the best way to show it to advantage but someone who can do that while keeping in mind my personality and how I want to project myself while pushing me to be a little bit more and - at the same time - teaching me those skills so I can duplicate the look. I don't want much do I... oh... and affordable would be nice too ! ! ! ! !
I think perhaps modeling and make-up might be attainable with another item(s) on my list - to visit the garment districts in San Francisco, New York, and Toronto. These seem like the kinds of places outside of my little town where I could learn this skills and stretch and challenge and grow myself and at the same time learn more about who I am and what's important to me. That has been an interesting counter-balance to the challenge.
Each time I'm exposed to something new, I have to evaluate on some level how it relates to me and how I want to live my life. With sewing fashions, in the last few years I have seen some incredibly well sewn garments that challenge my technical skills and I've seen some fabulously creative garments that challenge my artistic skills and I've looked at garments I would actually wear and garments I'd enjoy the challenge of sewing but would never wear. Right now, I'm thinking about where those two meet and what that means to my 2014 goal.
What about you? Do you have a bucket list? Is it written down? Would you like to share anything from your list?
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - the challenge to grow, a love of learning