Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Your Advice Please

I've been posting once a week for almost a year now and definitely needed that break not only to process some of the "stuff" going on in my life but also to give me more space in the studio. It's been good and although I'm not ready to return to posting five times, I'm thinking twice a week could be doable - Wednesday and Friday. I'll try that for the next several weeks and see how it goes. Let me know what you think.





I am REALLY enjoying my current big project of working through the potential boxes. The overall goal is stretching and each individual project is a learning experience. I'm working on a little girl's coat and found the direction I was taking too predictable so I challenged myself to find a piece of inspiration to take forward. Above left is a sample inspired by the knit and crochet sleeve above right. I think it may become the collar.





The coat is the second child sized garment that I've successfully used serger strips on and it's time to take that idea adult. Yesterday, I turned a pair of jeans into strips. Some of them will be for the little coat and the rest - along with some serger "fabric" made back in April for a project gone wrong - will be for a Myrna coat. Ideas are dancing around in my mind. This is one of the huge benefits of the potential project.





Don't you love this stool? Imagine me sitting on it and all of us having a brainstorming session together. I've mentioned that I'm going to update the blog in the (relatively) near future. I want to do a good job so right now, I'm working my way through two books on creative blogging, one on making videos, and one on taking better photographs. I've been working to improve the quality of my photographs and I think that's coming along fairly well. Again, please let me know what works and what doesn't and what could become a consistent style (that doesn't require special equipment) such as always taking the photographs against the same white background. AND...

... I would love to hear what you think makes a fabulous blog and if you have a favourite blog please link us to it so we can see your thoughts in action. If there's something I do really well that you think it's important to maintain, please let me know. Likewise, if there's something I'm not doing well and could improve, please let me know that too. Obviously, I won't be able to incorporate every bit of advice but I'd like to hear what you have to say so I can give it some thought and see where that takes me when making updates.

THANK YOU

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - helpful advice

21 comments:

  1. I think you do a wonderful job of blogging all your thoughts that lead to creative garments. My one suggestion is that you could add my photos. Shams of 'communing with fabric' blogs not often but packs each post with several ideas/tutorials and numerous photos. Thanks for all that you share. Karen

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    1. So more photos of a tutorial nature? Thanks.

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  2. What you have to say is always interesting and thought provoking, and sometimes exhilarating! So I am in favor of 2 posts a week, if you can fit it in. And I think your photos have gotten better and better. And I like the way you stick in a photo that connects to what you are writing about but is not a picture OF what you are writing about. . .

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    1. It's good to know my photo improvement is showing. YES YES. Thank you... and for your appreciation of how I organize the content. I try not to make it boring and also to keep it relevant.

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  3. More pix of accomplishments and less reporting of what you've read. As I have always told my children, show me what you've done instead of telling me what you're going to do. Anymore painting in your future?

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    1. THANKS. In the past I've had comments from readers who really like the book recommendations and since reading is a huge part of how I function, it's highly unlikely that will change.

      I had become aware of talking about ideas I wasn't getting to and had started feeling like it was all talk and no action. I have a lot of ideas so it make sense that some will end up taking a back seat however that's difficult from the reader's point of view especially if they were interested in that idea. SO... I'm trying to talk less about pending ideas and more about what I'm actually doing right now. I think that has improved somewhat and I'll definitely be aware of it and work to improve it further. I appreciate the input.

      By painting, if you mean fabric painting, I'll be doing more as I work through the potential boxes. I already know of a few pieces that will need it, possibly my next one. After I finish the little coat, I'll be using the painted remnants and other denim pieces to make one for myself. Because it will develop organically and because I want to include some of the serger strips, both will influence the direction so I'm not sure if paint will be a factor or not. Is there something in particular you'd like to see?

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    2. Creativity is a talent, something that cannot successfully be forced. Please create for yourself and not for your audience. Pretend we're not here, let yourself go and have at it. Do what you are inspired to do without regard to praise or criticism.

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    3. I agree with you that it's important to create for ourselves. I also believe that all of us are creative and that we learn to do by doing. I like to share what I do to encourage others in their creativity... otherwise I wouldn't bother writing a blog. It does take considerable time and effort and I want to do a good job of it. Getting feedback isn't going to change what I do but it may allow me to share it in a better way.

      Is it because I asked if there was something in particular you wanted to see? That question came from your asking if I was going to be painting any time soon? It seemed you might be interested in something in that area.

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  4. I would like to experiment with Shiva paint sticks. Possibly some stencil work with the iridescent colors, they look so yummy ! Any experience with these?

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    1. I have used paint sticks in the past on textile pieces, mostly to create texture by rubbing them onto the fabric over a rough surface. The one drawback of working with them - for me - is that I have to leave the fabric 24 hours to set and I just want to keep working BUT... I do want to practice more surface design techniques to improve my skills so - now that you've reminded me of them - I'll keep them in mind for a fabric making day. My stencil work is really limited. It's also something I want to get better at.

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  5. I'll take any inspiration from you as often or as little as you are able to post, while being sure to leave the time your need to do the creating that nurtures and strengthens your creative spirit, and thus yourself. Sharing your talents and insights, where your inspiration comes from, and how you work through a process is a gift from you that I cherish.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate hearing that. I've become so process oriented in the last few years that I doubt I could do it any other way now. It's been such a bonus in my life that I want it to be a bonus in everyone's - a recovering perfectionist... hmm... I'll have to be careful about getting on my soapbox.

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  6. Myrna, you have either received my first attempt at posting at least three times, or it has disappeared into cyberspace. From reading the comments, I can see we all have different expectations from your blog, so I agree it is best to go in the direction you yourself are most interested in. Personally, I find the descriptions of your thought processes, how you are dealing with personal events in your life, and descriptions of the books you are studying to be inspirational. I would even like a list of books you have read. My ceativity is much more of the "predictable" nature, so I don't use your project ideas so much, but I have used some of your suggestions to jumpstart my own explorations, such as heading to my studio for an hour in the morning. I admire your desire to grow and learn and am grateful for finding your blog.

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    1. It only came through this once. I do want to hear how to improve and at the same time I know for sure I have to maintain my own voice and authenticity otherwise blogging, teaching, writing just can't work.

      I've tried making a list of books in the past and lists and I just don't seem to get together much. I'm very careful to bookmark the titles though so that anyone who wants to make their own list can.

      I would have described my creativity as more predictable at one point. It evolved as I did and as I was willing to be more process than product oriented. It'll be interesting to see where you go as you develop more and more of your own voice. YES YES. Enjoy.

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  7. Myrna, as the saying goes: "Be yourself; everyone else is taken."

    Write the blog you want to write, when you want to write it. It's your record of your creative processes. We're all adults out here; we can pick and choose what we like to read and refer to.

    The blogs I return to are the ones that give me a good glimpse of the writer's personality. It's the storytelling that grabs me.

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    1. Yes. I agree. I definitely want to be myself. I was thinking more in terms of practical things - like photos against a white background, some other form of consistency, or technical aspects that I could improve like including more detail shots - when I asked the question. Changing who I am or how I create isn't an option. It is what it is - I am who I am.

      Could you send me some links to storytelling blogs that you enjoy? I'd like to read those and see what you mean and how it might relate to the way I work.

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  8. I think you are very brave to write about your creative activities so openly. Sometimes I fear a little for you that sharing yourself in this way might actually hamper the flow of creativity, in that you might at times feel the burden of external pressure to "produce". But, you seem to be fine with this, so I won't worry too much. And of course I understand that writing itself is part of your creative process.

    I enjoy your blog because in many ways my creative path seems to be similar to yours. When I see that it took you 2 years to create a necklace you loved, picking up and putting down the activity, this is an encouragement to me to continue pressing forward in the things I am working on, even when I don't know where I am going with them. Seeing someone find their way reminds me that eventually I will get to where I want to go. (Or maybe not, but I will at least learn some stuff along the way.) Also, like you, I'm a thoughtful and analytical person. I enjoy reading similar types of books to the ones that you read and I find your references to books and writers interesting.

    So, for me, photographs are not important, nor videos or tutorials. I just enjoy watching the creative process unfold, seeing how it works in you. I appreciate your willingness to share all this, to "think out loud". It is an encouragement for me as I walk on my own creative path.

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    1. Thank you for being concerned. Posting less frequently has allowed me to play and experiment a bit more than posting every day did. I want to have something worthwhile to say and not just natter on. I want that to include the ebb and flow because I hope - and it's great to hear that it is - that my journey is encouraging to others. We can get the idea that other people's creativity just flows while ours is stuttering and stalling and it's not true. We all stutter and stall. Thanks for sharing my journey.

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  9. I find your blog inspiring for several reasons having to do with my interest in creating and fibre arts, my love of reading, my need for visual sources of inspiration and the fact that I am at a point in my life in which I really can't spend time doing the things I love. These factors make it very gratifying for me to live vicariously through your projects. The quotations from books I probably would never know about as I tend not to read too many of this type of book make me think in new directions and sometimes shape my thoughts and efforts for the day. Your ability to link philosophical ideas to the creative process is quite unique and really thought provoking for me - sometimes it's almost like being in a classroom or attending a lecture! The photos and videos satisfy my need to see exactly what you are describing. If anything, I would love more of them and with really close, sharp detail. Seeing the completed project being worn or used is also key for me as issues of scale and proportion are sometimes only evident when a garment is being worn or an item being used, so I appreciate that you often model your efforts. I also appreciate that your blog is physically easy to read. Some of the blogs I enjoy are written with coloured backgrounds which I find harder to see even if they do look pretty stylish. Lastly, I really enjoy seeing the positive and negative aspects of the process towards an end product. Problems, disasters or end results that simply don't match the vision you had in mind are just as strong a teaching tool and interesting for me to see.
    Thank you for asking for our opinion and I hope I am not chiming in too late...

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    1. Thanks for all this valuable feedback and you're definitely not too late. I appreciate it. Generally speaking I'm not sewing for myself right now because I'm (slowly) working on weight loss HOWEVER... my next project once I finish up the few I'm on will be a coat and I'll try to get some pictures wearing it.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.