Monday, May 25, 2015

From Finding To Finished

When I planned to drive down this weekend, I didn't realize it was a holiday in the United States. I left early enough to drive straight across the border and through Seattle but I hit traffic in Portland and it took an hour and a half from when I crossed the Oregon border to when the traffic was still congested but at least moving at speed. As I passed it, I gave the hotel I usually stay at a longing look. I could have been "home" but...

... I had more exciting things to do in Corvallis. On Saturday morning, I met with Gwen Spencer and we discussed how to develop ideas from finding to finished. It was reassuring to realize that I am on the right path.

Gwen and I have a similar body type and she totally understood my comments around something being overwhelming or too much or too much fabric. I was able to look at quite a few of her garments made over the last seven or eight years and to see the progression of work from more to less constrained. That resonated. I can see a similar progression in my own work and I realized that if I just keep playing and experimenting I will get where I'm going.

There are two things I need to work on. One is more exposure to creative garments and possibilities and the other is collecting little bits like the piece of leather that is down the back of Gwen's vest. She had a fabulous system for storing bits in containers by color that I'm going to copy. A system that works is really valuable.

When I curled up on the bed at my hotel in Corvallis to journal, I had a laugh. Apparently along with using black thread, there's a polka dot theme going on. My new pajamas were wonderful.

This morning, I'm meeting with Diane for a coaching session and this afternoon I'm taking a jewelry class. I need to either pick up and explore or put down and ignore jewelry. It's been just sitting there for too long. I'm looking forward to figuring that out.

This post is so late this morning because I had to figure out pictures. Howard wrote me instructions and walked me through how to use the picture software on my new netbook and of course it didn't work and late last night wasn't a good time. I figured out a method this morning and it'll work until I figure out a better one. Good and enough.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - safe travel, inspiration

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