Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Watch Those Clicking Fingers

In her book The Creative Habit, author Twyla Tharp talks about the strands of creative code that are hard-wired into our imaginations. Just as our genetic code determines our height and eye color, she believes that our creative code governs our creative impulses and determines the forms we work in and how we tell our stories. That's intriguing.

Twyla goes on to talk about her work in terms of focal length and notes that all of us find comfort in seeing the world either from a great distance, at arm's length, or in close up. We don't consciously make that choice. Our DNA does, and we generally don't waver from it. Rare is the painter who is equally adept at miniatures and epic series, or the writer who is at home in both historical sagas and finally observed short stores. - page 37

And that makes sense to me because...

... my work has never screamed across a room. While there is contrast and defined shapes, my color range is primarily medium to dark which means my work is always better viewed close up where you can appreciate the workmanship and the details. Other strands in my creative DNA are curved forms, defined lines, texture, open spaces, simplicity, and gentle embellishment.

I put this sweater of Marcy's on my Christmas list. Since it's still on her website, it doesn't appear to be coming my way however... if it does... I can hardly wait to look at the details in person. Do you see the commonality of elements that I am drawn to? Do you see how I could create a look I enjoy with a higher degree of contrast? AND... see... it has a line down center back that appears to be made by either sewing down the center of a strip of fabric or by creating a seam on the right side of the garment. Two ideas. Both wonderful. As soon as I began to ponder ideas for lines, more and more ideas for lines began to appear. This is the magical thing about engaging our creative brains.

See the simple embellishment on the sleeve? It's gently done. Just the perfect touch to add a little texture and interest to the piece without taking over or causing a disturbance. I'm refining that ability and making progress - in my opinion - on my goal of transferring the elements of my wall art to my clothing. And now that I've discussed it in detail, what I really want to do is click through and buy it myself only... LOL... I have to watch those clicking fingers. Tis the season.

This picture of a woman on Madison Avenue was in my August file which means you'll find it in the August entries of Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style blog. I'm drawn to the clean lines, the continuity of her look, the fullness of the pants, the addition of interest with the tie belt, the contrast of texture with her bag, and the clean compliment of simple jewelry. This is not a color I'd wear but the color is irrelevant to appreciating the styling which is chock full of my creative DNA. 

This skirt is labeled Vogue-3 in my files which - most likely - means I took a series of pictures from a Vogue magazine but I'm guessing although I'm pretty sure this was an article about Marfy patterns sewn by readers. What I liked was the added interest of the buttons above the pleats however, for me, I would need to simplify it further by matching the buttonhole thread to the skirt. That's just me.

In the same file is this sleeveless blouse. It's high contrast which is unusual for me but I like the way the black outlines the style lines, almost like a line drawing. It adds enough interest to be intriguing without overwhelming as does...

... this even more subtle blazer with zippers at the waist. I've never been one for throwing every technique I know at a piece. I prefer simplicity and - as I've said before - simple is hard to do because all of the elements have to work well together and in balance BUT... it's a lot of fun to pull together.

What are the strands of your creative DNA?

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - that after a five hour delay my daughter and grandson arrived safely and just in time for the dinner I'd spent the day putting together. Everything was still juicy and yummy. YEAH. My daughter's birthday is on the 21st and she asked for turkey stuffing for her "birthday" meal and since this was the only time this month that most of us - except for my son-in-law unfortunately - would be together, we had turkey for birthday.


  1. I am still trying to figure out my creative side. I am extremely technical. I can sew fairly well as it's a technical thing. I am not that creative. I am not as good at visualizing things so I end up just sewing basics or mimicking/copying ideas that I like. I am hoping that in time, some creative juices will start to flow :)

    I love those pants and that jacket with the zippers. Yummy.

    What a nice time to spend with your daughter and grandson. I'm sure you enjoyed it.

    1. Well developed technical skills are a real blessing because they allow your hands to work with ease while your mind can GROW it's creative side. Yes, it comes more easily to some people but all people are creative in different ways so... first... stop saying you are not creative and start saying something along the lines of I am in the process of developing my creative side. Copying is good and then change one thing, and then another, and then another and start veering off. The more you play, the more it'll come to you.

      I really loved those garments as well.

      Had good giggles with my grandson at Starbucks this morning. He entertained the café slobbering on Grandma while chewing her necklace and - naturally - I let him.

    2. What a great way to put it Myra! Thank you!

      Ahhhh, baby slobber - much more lovely than it sounds! :)

  2. you never fail to give me something to think about! as I read this post, I realized that much of what I'm drawn to is not what I'm comfortable wearing... and that I need to think through how to take what I'm attracted to and make it work in my clothing! Thanks for all the energy and thoughtfulness you put into your blog... it is MUCH appreciated.

    1. I've been having that debate myself about what I love to sew and what I love to wear and how to merge the two. It's an interesting journey. Best of luck. Thanks for appreciating the posting. That's always nice to here.

    2. LOL... or hear as the case may be. Gosh menopause and spelling do not go together.

  3. I just love seeing your name pop up with a new post.I always know it will be inspiring and thought provoking.i too have the problem of matching what will look good on me and what i admire especially as my brain doesnt seem to have kept up with my weight gain due to illness.But then maybe im just overthinking it.

    1. Do you find you're still drawn to the same ideas but it's how you can wear them that changes? Gaining weight seems like a double wammy for being ill. So not fair and life isn't and we have to deal with it. You can sew. This is perfect. You can dress the body you have. YES YES


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